The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has imposed temporary restrictions on the transportation of transit freight through Ukraine because of the ongoing work on modernization of railway infrastructure.
Ukrzaliznytsia announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
"In particular, the works on the electrification of the Kovel-Izov-Polish border railway stretch and track repair works to modernize the Znamianka-Zdolbuniv railway stretch are continuing. In connection with this, the throughput capacity in the direction of Poland has reduced to 350 wagons per day," the company said in the statement.
According to the statement, this number is insufficient to ensure the transportation of freight within the stipulated timeframe. Therefore, a decision was made to temporarily introduce a convention banning the transportation of transit freight through Ukraine.
The transportation of transit freight will resume after completion of the infrastructure modernization works, and customers will be informed.
"Passenger rail transport between the countries will continue as usual," Ukrzaliznytsia said.
As reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia began active work on the electrification of the Kovel-Izov-Polish border railway stretch this summer. The company obtained permission to begin the main work from the State Architectural and Construction Inspectorate. Thanks to the implementation of this project, Ukrzaliznytsia will be able to significantly increase the weight of freight trains on the railway stretch, increase its throughput, and reduce the freight delivery time.