The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) is working on the possibility of launching additional trains to Poland on broad-gauge (standard 1520 mm) tracks, which will be extended to the country.

We can draw such a conclusion from a statement posted on Facebook by Oleksandr Shevchenko, the head of customer service and communications at the Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Ukrzaliznytsia, the CFTS portal reports.

According to Shevchenko, one solution to the problem of insufficient capacity for transportation of passengers between Ukraine and Poland is "to simultaneously develop services on broad-gauge tracks where they still exist and use our new, high-quality sleeper cars and DPKr-3 diesel trains."

"There will be such news soon; we are working on three new services at once," he wrote.

As reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia intends to launch railway services at three more border crossings on its western border to increase capacity. They include the Hrebenne – Rava-Ruska and Strazhava – Kroscienko border crossings on the Ukrainian-Polish border.

Commenting on ways to improve passenger rail transport between the two countries, the Koleje Dolnośląskie railway company’s former head Piotr Rachwalski told the CFTS portal: "Regarding passenger transportation, I would like to note that now is the right time to resume long-distance services from Kyiv and Lviv to most of the major cities in Poland, possibly using the LHS."

As reported previously, the LHS is a broad-gauge railway line from the Polish border with Ukraine (Hrubieszow) to Slawkow. It has a length of about 395 kilometers. However, it is a freight railway line and currently one of the primary routes for exporting Ukrainian goods because of the blockade of Ukrainian seaports.