Railway Platform For European Gauge To Be Built In Mukacheve In 2018

15 November 2017 17:07

A combined railway track (with both the 1520 mm and 1435 mm track gauges) ends 300 meters from the Mukacheve train station. The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) plans to build a train platform at the Mukacheve train station within a few months, from which passenger trains will be able travel to Hungary (Zahony, Budapest), Slovakia (Košice, Bratislava), and Romania (Satu Mare) on European-gauge (1435 mm) tracks.

Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Yevhen Kravtsov announced this in a blog post, the CFTS reports.

"In the long term, we can also travel to Vienna. It is the shortest route. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes to Vienna via Budapest. If we go to Slovakia, the nearest city is Kosice. By the way, the airport there is rather large, which is important for Zakarpattia. From Kosice, the route can be extended to either Bratislava or Prague. The Euro-gauge track there provides us with such an opportunity," Kravtsov wrote.

"This is an option that can be launched in a few months if we manage to coordinate everything with the Hungarian side quickly. I have already planned a meeting with the Hungarian ambassador. We are already working with the local authorities for the mayor’s office to repair the automobile road leading to this platform."

He also wrote about Ukrzaliznytsia’s plans to demolish the old warehouse and cargo yard in Mukacheve and build a Euro-gauge track there. This will happen in the longer term. Negotiations on this issue are underway with the European Investment Bank.