In Kyiv, the reconstruction of the main bus station on Demiyivska Square has been going on for almost a year. The bus station is being updated by the Bastion-group enterprise, which in March 2020 bought the Kyivpassservice JSC, and with it six bus stations in the capital. The cost of the work is estimated at 2 million euros.
The renovation was expected to be completed back in March 2021. However, as of July, work is in full swing. At the same time, passengers actively use the services of the station: since the beginning of this year, as of July 16, more than 27,000 tickets for buses departing from Kyiv have been sold at the ticket offices of the Central Bus Station.
We have visited the Central Bus Station of the capital and found out how one of the main infrastructural facilities of the capital works during the renovation.
Despite the absence of any identification marks, the bus station is open to passengers. Now its entrance was blocked by builders, who are for passengers a guideline for entering the territory.
To get to the bus station, you need to filter through the crew of workers. At the epicenter of the construction site, you can see signs leading to the checkout.
On the way to the bus station building itself and the exit to the platforms, you should be careful not to accidentally get hit on the head with bricks or other building materials.
The station building is still covered with a huge green tarpaulin.
While the floors are being renovated, tickets can be bought at the control room near the platforms. Information about this was posted on the construction grid a few meters from the bus station building.
True, passengers say that the alley leading to the platforms is not lit up in the evening.
With grief in half, reaching the ticket office, you can see that the purchase of tickets looks like this. Very European.
Bus station quarantine exists only on paper. Not everyone adheres to the mask mode and distance.
Trash cans and benches have already been installed at the stations themselves. However, some of them are blocked off with yellow tape. Renovation work is still ongoing here.
Inside the bus station itself, Kyiv residents and guests of the capital are greeted by a light renovated hall with mosaics.
A food court and cash desks will appear on the second floor. Why it was decided to move the purchase of tickets to the second floor, however, is not entirely clear.
At the third stage, they plan to equip a hotel, a hostel, and a recreation area. On the ground floor, there will be a shopping area, a left-luggage office.
There are still no lockers, but there is a toilet. There are three latrines on the right side of the escalators - for men, for women, and for people with disabilities.
It is not known whether the toilet will become paid in the future. At least, no "watch" and cashboxes were equipped nearby.
City officials can talk as much as they like about the great motivation to make the popular bus service a little more "European." But the true attitude towards citizens, care for them is visible precisely in such moments as the temporary conditions created for the Ukrainians.
Why is the renovation, which the private investor promised to complete in March, is still so far from its logical conclusion? And for what reason the use of the services of the bus station for people could not be made more comfortable – especially taking into account such a long period of work?
No photo reports are made on the temporary conditions for the use of infrastructure facilities in social networks. On such things, it is impossible to "hang on". Therefore, we all contemplate the passages through the construction site and the antediluvian booths with tickets. But after another year of repairs, the authorities will trumpet from every iron about the "new European bus station".