The infrastructure for a rail service between Kiev and the Boryspil airport will be ready by 2016, and the rolling stock for the service will be bought by that time. Vladyslav Kaskiv, the head of the State Agency for Investments and Management of National Projects (Derzhinvestproekt), announced this while commenting on the Cabinet of Ministers resolution No. 888 of September 11, 2013, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.
"We are already physically in the process of construction - Ukrzaliznytsia is already laying the network and a construction site has been created. We have managed to achieve a great victory by persuading our Chinese partners of the need to use Ukrainian rolling stock,” he said.
According to Kaskiv, production of trains for the Air Express rail service will begin soon.
The Cabinet of Ministers resolution No. 888 instructs Derzhinvestproekt to buy up to five trains with a capacity of up to 500 passengers in the period of 2013-2015 for operation on the future Kiev-Boryspil Airport railway line. It also instructs the agency to ensure construction of an electrified railway line from the place where the railway segment between the Darnytsia train station and the Boryspil train station branches to Terminal D of the airport and construct overpasses at places where it intersects with existing lines and a bridge at the place of intersection with the Kyiv-Kharkov highway.
In addition, a railway terminal with an area of 30,000 square meters is to be to be built at the airport together with a covered pedestrian crossing to Terminal D. Logistical facilities for transportation of passengers to the terminals B and F should also be created.
As reported, it was announced in early December that the Kryukov Railcar Building Works would build the trains for the Air Express rail service in partnership with the China National Machinery Industry Complete Engineering Corporation (CMCEC).
Previously, on June 19, China approved a loan of USD 372 million to Ukraine for financing the project. The money will be disbursed in two tranches. The first tranche of USD 52 million will be used to finance design and preparatory work and the second tranche of USD 320 million will be used to directly to finance construction of infrastructure. Derzhinvestproekt and the China Export-Import Bank will oversee the use of the loan.