The desire to combine Ukraine with the EU with a single railroad is a purely political project, without any economic justification, declared at the Kryukov Carriage Works (KVSZ ).
"Fantasies that passengers from Europe will switch to high-speed trains going to Kiev, abandoning air travel, and a domestic passenger will lay out the last hryvnia to use the services of a high-speed line, are not confirmed or substantiated," said the KVSZ .
According to the top managers of the carriage building plant and representatives of science, today the engineering industry of Ukraine is able to provide the domestic passenger with the necessary level of comfort, safety and speed of railway travel on the basis of its rolling stock and existing infrastructure.
"It is necessary to actively promote precisely this path of development and integration of Ukraine into the European states, and not engage in PR of populist projects," the KVSZ noted.
They advised the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, as the main state regulator in this area, to involve ministries and departments, sectoral scientific and design organizations, European experts in order to organize the development of a preliminary feasibility study for the implementation of a project of high-speed passenger traffic with a track gauge of 1435 mm in Ukraine, as well as to assess its impact on such sectors of the economy as mechanical engineering, construction, agriculture, ecology, etc.
Previously it was reported that the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in 2021 plans to start work on a project for the implementation in Ukraine of a high-speed railway network of European format with a width of 1435mm.
“These are four sections with a total length of almost 2 thousand kilometers of railway track. The first section is Kiev-Lviv and the border, 896 km, and we are already starting to build and prepare one of these stages this year, ”said Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krykliy during the all-Ukrainian forum“ Ukraine 30. Infrastructure ”.
South Korean engineering corporation Hyundai has promised to allocate $ 2 million in grant funds for the development of a pre-feasibility study for the construction of a high-speed railway network in Ukraine.