The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko plans to launch preparation of proposals for building a narrow railway from Europe to Lviv. Poroshenko said this during his working visit to Lviv, on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“I want to move the railway with the European Union and bring Europe to Lviv. If the project of building the narrow railway is developed, the tourists could travel without changing trains,” Poroshenko said.
He added that this step will increase the value of Lviv as a transport hub and improve a situation with the rail freight.
“I am sure that this step will increase the exchange of tourists and freights between our country and European countries”, Poroshenko stated.
It is reported that Poroshenko will discuss this issue with the head of Lviv Regional State Administration Oleh Synyutka and the leadership of Ukrzaliznytsia Ukrainian railways.
Earlier, state enterprise Ukrainian Railways has signed a $1 billion contract with General Electric Transportation for procuring and localizing locomotives, as President Petro Poroshenko said in a briefing on February 23. Poroshenko noted that the Ukrainian Railways have been under-financed for many years which was a big constraining factor in developing the country’s economy.
He also noted that at the primary stage, Ukrainian bank structures will be actively involved in the activity, while on the later stage, these will be U.S. banks.