The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has completed the reconstruction of the Vasylkiv – Vasylkiv-2 railway stretch, which will allow commuter trains to reach the center of the city of Vasylkiv.

Ukrzaliznytsia announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

According to the statement, this route is part of the Kyiv City Express railway project.

"11 kilometers of railway tracks needed to be electrified and repaired in order to connect the capital city with one of the key cities in the multi-million population Kyiv metropolitan area. We began implementing this project in the summer … and residents of Vasylkiv finally have a comfortable alternative to road transport. We expect the volume of passenger traffic on the route to reach 5,000-7,000 passengers per day on weekdays. The Kyiv region needs such projects as the Kyiv City Express and the Kyiv bypass road. They will help relieve Kyiv of the largest traffic jams in Europe. They will allow passengers to finally begin planning their travel times," Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

In total, 258 supports were installed, 11 kilometers of tracks electrified, four railway crossings modernized, more than 10 kilometers of tracks overhauled, and almost 9 kilometers of continuous track slabs installed as part of the project for the reconstruction of the Vasylkiv – Vasylkiv-2 railway stretch.

A modern microprocessor-based switching and signaling system was installed on the railway stretch.

In addition, a new passenger platform was built in the city of Vasylkiv as part of the project.

The new platform is equipped with an audio warning system for passengers, a video surveillance system, and information displays.

According to the statement, 18 commuter trains will operate between Kyiv and Vasylkiv-2 daily. Electric trains will cover the distance in 37 minutes in the mornings.