The Ukrainian High-Speed Rail Company plans to develop a network of high-speed train routes, and it is currently considering the possibility of launching new routes to southern and western parts of the country. Oleksandr Krasnoshtan, the head of the company’s forecasting, marketing, and advertising department, announced this at a meeting of the Airports of Ukraine association’s strategic development committee on 18 June, the CFTS correspondent reports.

"Our future is Nikolayev, Kherson," he said. According to him, a train is expected to cover the distance from Kiev to Kherson in about 6.5 hours.

According to him, there is one major obstacle: the railway section after the Dolinskaya station is not electrified. The possibility of using diesel traction is being considered as an option for solving this problem. However, this option has some technical limitations.

"Other interesting destinations are Rovno and Lutsk," said Krasnoshtan. According to him, implementation of these plans requires increase of rolling stock.

In addition, according to him, it is necessary to increase the frequency of trains on a number of existing routes. "The need for a fourth or even a fifth pair of trains to Kharkov and a third pair to Lvov is obvious today. It is also possible to launch a clocked movement (movement of trains at regular intervals) between Kiev and Vinnitsa," he said.