Ukrzaliznytsya, a public joint-stock corporation operating Ukrainian railways, has expanded its fleet of gondola cars by 1,750 units since the start of 2018. The figure includes 1,300 cars manufactured at Ukrzaliznytsya’s own plants, according to the acting Chairman of the Board Yevhen Kravtsov, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“We have decided to deregulate the car component of the tariff. We keep our word and expand our fleet of gondola cars. A total of 1,750 cars have already been added to regional hubs, while another 50 gondola cars and a fitting platform are expected to be complete by the end of June,” Kravtsov posted on his Facebook page.
The official added that Ukrzaliznytsya intends to manufacture a total of 3,600 cars at its own production facilities.
“We are going to put a fitting platform for the transportation of containers built at the Ukrzaliznytsya plant into operation in the nearest future. We used to purchase them before, now we are manufacturing them ourselves at our own production facilities,” Kravtsov wrote.
Moreover, the executive announced that the Panyutynsky car-repair plant intends to begin manufacturing the most popular kind of cars – grain carriers – by the end of the current year.
“Design documentation is already being developed, and we expect the first sample and tests to follow soon,” the official added.
On the other hand, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan said last week at a meeting with the European Business Association that he does not favor the independent car manufacturing venture of Ukrzaliznytsya.
“We should invest primarily in the tracks and locomotive,” Omelyan said when asked about his vision of investment priorities.
According to the minister, private freight operators should invest in freight car manufacturing, whereas Ukrzaliznytsya should only purchase passenger cars, which would make their operations more profitable.