In 2020, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to begin construction of a narrow gauge of European standard from Lviv to the border with Poland. Director of strategic development and investment policy of the railway company Anton Sabolevsky announced this information, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia reports.
A gauge of 1,435 mm is planned in the direction of Mostysk - Sknyliv. According to Sabolevsky, the use of such Euro-gauge will allow a passenger to board a train in Lviv and get directly to European countries.
Ukrzaliznytsia noted that Polish and Czech railway workers have already shown interest in this project. Sabolevsky also added that Ukrzaliznytsia intends to begin electrification of the Kovel-Izov direction this year.
The implementation of this project will increase the volume of traffic with the EU countries, in particular, cargo on a wide gauge to Poland. In addition, according to Sabolevsky, the introduction of electric traction will reduce the company's operating costs.
As for the important projects of this year, a tender has already been announced for the modernization of the Dolynska - Mykolaiv direction. In "Ukrzaliznytsya" they plan to electrify this site until 2023, and Mykolaiv - Kolosovka is to be electrified until 2024.
“This is important for the company, because it is on this section that more than 20% of our freight work is carried out by diesel main-line locomotives,” Anton Sabolevsky said.
As we reported before, Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine's state railroad enterprise has developed an operative plan of preventive steps so as to avoid the spreading of Chinese coronavirus, or CoVID-2019 in this country.