European-Gauge Railway May On Link Lviv And Warsaw Via Rava-Russka

05 July 2017 09:56

Development of a railway link based on the European track gauge (the 1435-millimeter track gauge) on the Lviv - Rava-Russka - Warsaw route was discussed during the presentation of the draft National Transport Strategy until 2030 in Lviv, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Viktor Dovhan said that the Lviv region’s infrastructure projects should advance Ukraine towards European integration. In connection with this, projects for modernization of the local airport, the strategy for development of suburban electric trains, a concession project for the Lviv-Krakovets highway, the Mostyska cargo terminal, and development of the European 1435-millimeter gauge on the Lviv - Rava-Russka - Warsaw route were discussed at a meeting attended by the Lviv region’s Governor Oleh Syniutka.

As reported, the possibility of establishing a railway link between Lviv and Lublin through Hrebenne was discussed after a meeting between the head of the Lublin region of Poland, Slawomir Sosnowski, and the leadership of the Lviv region in November 2016. It was announced that the Poles intended to upgrade the Lublin-Zamosc railway stretch and that they saw prospects for extension of this railway line to Lviv. Lublin is located about halfway between Lviv and Warsaw.

A 1520-millimeter gauge and a 1435-millimeter gauge meet in Rava-Russka.

The Lviv railway’s head Ivan Hrunyk concretized the plans for laying a European 1435-millimeter gauge at the Local Development Forum in Truskavets on June 24. "The total distance from Warsaw to Lviv is about 330 kilometers. Today, the European track runs through Poland and 7 kilometers to Rava-Russka. It remains to build only 58 kilometers of tracks to Briukhovychi," Hrunyk said. "We are currently looking for potential investors in extension of the tracks to Briukhovychi. Briukhovychi is on the outskirts of the city, we are ready to build all the logistics to ensure that downtown Lviv is accessible from there by both train and car. It is necessary to invest about EUR 50 million euros in this project."

The option of implementing a Warsaw-Lviv Eurorail project, which provides for construction of tracks with a combined gauge of 1435/1520 mm on the Lviv-Przemysl railway stretch, which has a total length of 67 kilometers, has already been discussed.

The CFTS reported, the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) plans to launch a train between Chernivtsi and Suceava (Romania), with passengers transferring from a Ukrainian train to a Romanian train or vice versa at the Vadul-Siret station.