European operators of railway stations are showing interest in concession of railway stations in Ukraine.
Oleksandr Pertsovskyi, the head of the Passenger Company and an acting board member of the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), announced this in an interview with the CFTS portal.
Asked about the current stage of the project for concession of railway stations, Pertsovskyi said, “We have identified 7-8 potential partners, both international and local. There were several European operators of railway stations – in France, Italy – several major Ukrainian property development companies, particularly from the regions."
"The next step will be preparation of the technical and economic documentation. Concession is a long process, but it is underway," he said.
As reported, Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklyi stated in January that railway stations would most likely be concessioned in a 1 + 1 format (a large railway station and a smaller one). According to Kryklyi, the number of railway stations being considered was about six. "We are currently planning [to pair the] Kyiv and Vinnytsia railway stations. Then we have Mykolaiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, and Chop. Regarding these facilities, we are still studying how best they can be paired in this 1 + 1 format. Perhaps Chop will be paired with Lviv because it is logical, given their locations," Kryklyi said.
Previously, the railway station in Khmelnytskyi was also named among the railway stations that are planned to be the first to be concessioned.