The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) intends to increase the average speed of trains by 1.5 km/h or 3% next year. This is stated in a presentation by Ukrzaliznytsia, which Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman published on his official Facebook page.

Ukrzaliznytsia plans to achieve this speed increase by replacing 127 track switches, strengthening 14 kilometers of curved sections of tracks, speeding up repairs of rail tracks, and repairing an additional 110 kilometers of rail tracks this year.

The company’s plans for 2018 include reconstruction of 300 kilometers of tracks on the Kyiv-Odesa and Kyiv-Lviv routes and upgrade of 309 track switches.

As the head of Ukrzaliznytsia’s current head Yevhen Kravtsov said at the beginning of this year, when he was the company’s supervisory board chairman, that the company planned to make provisions for funds for financing infrastructure upgrade in its financial plans from 2018 with the aim of increasing the speed of trains, particularly high-speed trains. He said at the time that the infrastructure on the most popular routes would be upgraded comprehensively from 2018 to increase the speed of trains to 180-200 km/h.