The All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council and other members of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Forum have appealed to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to consider the possibility of building a 1520-millimeter-gauge railway through the territory of Poland.
According to the authors of the appeal, such a railway should connect the Ukrainian and Lithuanian railway networks and link the port of Gdańsk to them.
"The biggest bottlenecks on the logistics routes through Polish ports are the limited handling capacities of the ports themselves, the dominance of the port automobile infrastructure over the railway infrastructure, the need to reload the contents of wagons or rearrange wagon bogies at border crossings because of different track widths, and the shortages of such capacities and European-style wagons and locomotives, especially for transporting grains," the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council said in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
"One of the largest and closest European ports to Ukraine is the port of Klaipėda (Lithuania), which has significant free transshipment capacity and through which the Republic of Poland also imports thermal coal," the statement said, adding that the proposed broad-gauge railway could also be extended to the port of Gdańsk.
The All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council believes that such a project could be implemented through the reconstruction of the existing railway network and the construction of a combined track or the construction of a separate railway branch, depending on the conclusions of organizations of experts, which require the appropriate funding.
As reported earlier, the above-mentioned association previously proposed to representatives of the Republic of Lithuania’s Seimas the idea of building a 1520-millimeter-gauge railway with a length of 300 kilometers on the territory of Poland.