A pilot project for concession of railway stations in Kyiv and Vinnytsia is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

Iryna Koshel, the director of the reform support team at the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure, announced this during the Ukrainian Transport Infrastructure Forum, the CFTS portal reports.

"Two stations – Kyiv and Vinnytsia – have been proposed for the pilot project. These are the projects for which we will introduce concession by the end of this year," she said.

"The concession period is 25 years. New infrastructure – hotels, offices, and recreation areas – is expected to be built within the framework of the concession. There will also be integration with other modes of transport, such as buses and public transport, as well as renewal and reconstruction of access roads, parking lots, and transport interchanges," she added.

According to her, preliminary studies on individual pilot projects, such as the Lviv and Odesa railway stations, have already begun jointly with the IFC and the World Bank.

Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklyi recently stated that six train stations were being prepared for concession. According to him, they will most likely be concessioned in a 1 + 1 format (a large railway station plus a smaller one). "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 in January this year.

As the CFTS portal reported previously, the Ministry of Infrastructure considered including the passenger railway stations in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytskyi, Mykolaiv, Chop, and Kyiv in the pilot concession project.