Key directions for Ukraine's National Transport Strategy - 2030

Author : Viktor Dovhan

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prime Minister Groysman initiates development of a single Strategy for the development of the transport industry, including rail transport, ports, and air services
11:20, 2 August 2017

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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman initiates development of a single Strategy for the development of the transport industry, including rail transport, ports and air services, with the aim of forming a transparent and competitive transport market in Ukraine.

Today, we need a strategy for the development of transport - both by rail, by road, by ports, and by air. At a time when everyone in the world is increasing their logistics potential, we simply lose it - due to lack of strategy, due to lack of transparency and openness of the transport industry.

Every company that is present here has a clear strategy and a clear goal. And we constantly weep in some particular issues and conflicts, in our area there is still no clear vision of the development strategy and the ultimate goal. Meanwhile, the infrastructure should become a high-quality service for the economy. The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, together with European experts, has elaborated a draft National Transport Strategy - 2030.

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This project takes into account both the annexation of Crimea and Donbas and the entry into force of the Association Agreement with the EU. We held regional discussions in Odesa, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, and Poltava, and identified priority infrastructure projects.

In Odessa, we identified three projects: the construction of a new runway (estimated at about $ 150 million), Odesa district road ($ 100 million) and Odesa-Mykolaiv concrete road ($ 150 million).

In Lviv, this is creation of a European road from Lviv, a narrow, wide-ranging freight terminal and a Lviv-Warsaw passenger link. We have also discussed the draft of the northern bypass road, which is part of Gdansk-Odesa project.

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Kharkiv region identifies the following priority infrastructure projects: the construction of a subway in Kharkiv (about $ 370 million), which can be financed by loans from the EBRD and the EIB; introduction of e-ticket in Kharkiv region. It is also planned to complete the construction at the airport in Kharkiv. In Poltava, construction of a bridge near Kremenchuk would take $ 330 million.

We are actively working on four major projects.

We received funding for the new Kremenchug bridge, but its project is still being finalized, the start of construction is scheduled for September 14th. We also updated the feasibility study on the Podolsk-Resurrection transition, allocated UAH 1.2 billion to it, defrocking its construction.

Feasibility study for the Mykolaiv bridge is ready, we are waiting for the answer from the Japanese lending agency JICA. This year we need to deal with the bridge-long-term construction in Zaporizhia.

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For the first time in the period of independence, funds have been allocated for repairing the locks on connections over Dnipro. The last time the repair was conducted here in 1988. This is a critical situation from the point of view of environmental safety, this is not just a matter of water connection.

It is necessary to make about 600 million UAH for the entire complex of works, we are giving so far 100 million. This is budget money, including the help of the European Commission.

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We also agreed with European banks to raise a loan of 50 million euros. In September, we must sign contracts for financing works that will start next year, namely the completion of repairs to other gateways. It will go 20 million euros.

The remaining funds will be aimed at deepening Dnipro river in separate areas and, possibly, on some kind of port infrastructure. To make the river work, we need two things: funds (loan of 50 million euros), and the adoption of the law on inland water transport.

In general, we are targeting $ 350-500 million per region.

Now there is a good window of opportunity for attraction of credit resources, both European and Chinese. Our current steps determine Ukraine’s future infrastructure.

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