Direct railway communication between Ukraine and the EU will implement a minimum of 10 years – expert

Прямое железнодорожное сообщение между Украиной и ЕС удастся реализовать минимум через 10 лет – эксперт

Direct railway communication between Ukraine and the European Union (EU) will be implemented only after 10 years.

This commentary, ГолосUA said the expert on transport Vyacheslav Konovalov.

“This project already exists more than 15 years. The initial intention was to create a message between Lviv, the Western frontier and the EU, which is about 100 kilometers. While Ministers only PR on this,” said Konovalov.

He thinned that it was technically difficult.

“In the EU the track gauge 35, and we have 15-20. Plus the technology maintenance of the rolling stock. The second point is the cost. We can’t find $ 100 million to make it this rut to Lviv, and then want to do the whole system. That is stretching eurokolia to Odessa and Kiev. In fact, this initiative – another sky-high Hyperloop. Its implementation will require billions of dollars and at least 10 years”, – summarized V. Konovalov.

We will remind, the Ministry of infrastructure of Ukraine informed about the plans for the development of a network of high speed rail. It will also be able to introduce a direct rail link between Ukraine and the European Union.

This was announced by Minister of infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian during a meeting with the representative of the world Bank.

“The first areas in which these technologies (technologies of high-speed rail – 24) can be implemented, can be between Kiev and Odessa, Kiev and Lviv, and in the future, we are considering the possibility of introducing high-speed rail between Ukraine and the EU,” said Omeljan.

For its part, the representative of the world Bank Karla Gonzalez noted that the international financial institution is ready to support the Ukrainian Ministry during the introduction of the reforms.

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