Active electrification works on Ukraine-Poland freight-dedicated railway
Ukrainian Railway has started a new stage in electrifying the Kovel – Izov – state border line. In particular, the modernization works started at the stations of Ustyluh and Lublinets-Volynskyi. At the end of the project, the capacity of the freight-dedicated railway that runs to Poland will increase.
The Ukrainian railwaymen started the complex of electrification works on the Kovel – Izov – state border line with the installation of masts at the Ustyluh station, modernisation of rail circuits, laying of cable networks at the Lublinets-Volynskyi station. Moreover, the first stage of works includes the equipment of turnouts with electric heating systems, modernisation of lighting at the stations and level crossings as well as the deployment of new signalling solutions.
According to the chairman of the state-owned company, Ukrainian Railway has entered the active phase in implementing the investment project, which is vital for both countries. “The Kovel – Izov – state border line is crucial for the development of rail transport in the direction of the European Union. Electrification of this route will lay a solid foundation for increasing European transit cargo and economic development of our country,” said Ivan Yuryk.
Thanks to this project, the Ukrainian Railway will significantly increase the weight of freight trains at the stations, increase its capacity and reduce the delivery time of goods. Furthermore, the introduction of electric traction in the mentioned section will also release 10 diesel locomotives, which will significantly reduce CO2 emissions by around 12 thousand tonnes per year and reduce operating costs at the amount of 136.4 million hryvnia per year (around 4.4 million euros).
Ukraine electrifies vital freight-dedicated railway to Poland