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Ukrainian Railways want new terminals to boost rail links with Europe

Image: Wikimedia Commons. Kamil Korecz

Ukrainian Railways are calling private companies to invest and build rail freight terminals in the country’s western territories. The company offers the railway infrastructure to boost rail freight transport to and from the west and central Europe since it claims that rail will be the most reliable transport mode even after the war ends.

“In peacetime, the railway was the main artery of the economy. During the war, we became a pillar of security. Therefore, we need to build infrastructure for the development of exports and imports across the western borders”, commented Alexander Kamyshin, chairman of the board of Ukrainian Railways.

“Together with the Ministry of Economy, we offer private businesses to build terminals at the junctions with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. We will provide the main thing – railway infrastructure. The rest will be helped by local authorities, who already support such an initiative”, he added.

Rail is the future

New terminals on Ukraine’s western border were already in the making. The most significant was the Container Terminal Mostyska in the Lviv region next to the Polish border, which was set to begin operations in April 2022. The war, of course, froze all the developments; however, the potential is still there.

Ukraine aimed to facilitate rail freight traffic to and from its western neighbours, and this seems to be its recovery strategy during and after the war. With more terminal investments in the country’s west, rail freight will become the supply chain’s leading player.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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