Poland modernises Werchrata freight station near Ukrainian border
Polish rail infrastructure manager PKP PLK intends to upgrade tracks at the Werchrata freight station. This will allow intensifying transport of goods via the Werchrata/Rava-Ruska railway crossing at the border with Ukraine. Shippers have already scheduled additional batches of freight to handle via the modernised station.
PKP PLK, Poland’s rail infrastructure manager, is planning to modernise tracks at the Werchrata freight station, which is located close to the Ukrainian border and is an important facility for transhipment bulk. 9 million złoty (around 2 million euros) will be allocated to this purpose from the state budget. The project includes the upgrade of around 1.5 kilometres of tracks of both standards, 1,435 and 1,520 millimetres by laying slab tracks as well as drainage renovation with rebuilding the culvert. The modernisation works will be performed in 2022-2023.
It is expected that the planned works will result in increasing freight volumes transhipped at the Werchrata/Rava-Ruska railway border crossing. The shippers have been already declared the increase of freight traffic in the second half of the current year by 1,000 tonnes per month. In 2020 there were handled 300,000 tonnes of goods at the Werchrata station, mainly raw materials being used for the production of ceramics, road and industrial salt, aggregates. For instance, the clay is transported to Opoczno, where the largest producer of ceramic tiles in Poland of the same name is based.
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