Ukraine unblocks rail freight transit to Poland
Ukrainian Railway (UZ) has officially lifted the ban for rail freight transit traffic towards neighbouring Poland. Starting from 10 February 2022, all the freight trains run as before. The restriction has been acting for around two months and a half.
“The board of management Board of PKP LHS informs that from 10 February, Ukraine has unblocked the transit of trains from Asia to Poland through its territory. At the same time, Ukrainian Railway has changed the restriction regarding the prohibition of loading goods into UZ-owned wagons destined for Poland,” reported PKP LHS on Thursday, 10 February.
As for the Ukrainian national railway undertaking, it has confirmed that the electrification works on the Kovel – Izov – state border line would continue and they would be completed in June 2022. Moreover, UZ is also interested in electrifying the 1.5-kilometre-long cross-border section from the state border to the Hrubieszów station where a marshalling yard of PKP LHS is located. This will allow intensifying the rail freight traffic to Poland as one electric locomotive will haul wagons from Kovel to Hrubieszów. The future of the issue is being debated by UZ and PKP LHS.