In a heart-warming story, St. Petersburg-Murmansk train has recently added a new stop at a far-off station on its route to pick up a school girl and her grandmother so that they can easily commute to and from school. As per BBC report, Karina Kozlova, 14, has been traveling to and from school with her grandmother Natalia Kozlova from their remote area of Poyakonda. Poyakonda is a rural place in the north-west part of Russia. “We considered and approved the request of the Kandalaksha district administration for an additional stop at the Poyakonda station along the number 21 train route from Murmansk to St. Petersburg,” the spokesman for the local railway’s company told TASS.
Reportedly, the village of Poyakonda has only fifty residents including just one school girl. She attends school at the village of Zelenoborsky. One has to take a one-hour train ride to reach the village. The girl regularly takes one of the suburban trains to reach school but it goes back to her village only around 8 p.m. As per reports, the Poyakonda station was excluded from the schedule of long-distance trains in December and sending a school bus to pick up the school kid is also impossible as her village can only be reached by 10 km forest road.
And that’s why Karina’s mother, who works for Moscow State University asked the railway authorities to sort out the issue by putting a stop. With the new stop, Karina will no longer return home late. Around two years ago, a similar story had emerged. A remote railway station in Japan was kept functional for a just one passenger to travel to and from school. What are your views on the same? Let us know in the comments below.