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Trains to run two-track Beskydy tunnel from May 25

Source : 112 Ukraine

900 meters of track has been laid in the tunnel as of the first decade of January
14:58, 9 January 2018

112 Agency

The traffic through the new two-track Beskydy tunnel is to be opened on May 25, 2018. This was reported by the Lviv Railway branch of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukrinform reports.

"It is planned that on May 25, the trains will start running through a new tunnel," the office noted.

It is reported that in the tunnel and on the approaches to it, a total length of 2350 meters of roads have already been laid. And 900 meters of track has been laid in the tunnel as of the first decade of January. The turnouts were already laid in both sides of the Eastern portal. The power engineers install the contact grid supports and rigid cross-pieces.

Prior to that, fire tanks were installed on the Eastern and Western portals with a total volume of 450 tons of water. Premises for paramilitary protection, transformer and switchboard substation and drainage chutes have been erected in the Western portal.

Related: Beskydy tunnel test train passes planned for the end of 2017

Beskydy tunnel is is located in the Carpathians, on the Beskydy pass. It belongs to the Fifth Pan-European Transport Corridor (Italy - Slovenia - Hungary - Slovakia - Ukraine). It is expected that after the completion of the construction of the two-track tunnel, 100 pairs of trains per day will be able to pass through the tunnel (while the one-track railway created in 1886 can only let through 47 pairs of trains per day). The speed of the train will increase from 15-40 to 60-70 km / h.

In 2006, Ukrzaliznytsia announced a tender for the reconstruction of the Beskydy tunnel. Preparatory work started in 2011. In August 2013 the project was approved. In the autumn of 2017, it was announced about the completion of the new tunnel construction.  

Related: Ukrzaliznytsia to buy new high-speed trains until 2020

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