Almost half of all railway tracks of Ukrzaliznytsia with overdue repairs

The length of Ukrzaliznytsia railways with overdue repairs as of 2020 reached 9.9 thousand km. The annual need for major repairs is about 2 thousand km.

Chairman of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia Vladimir Zhmak
Chairman of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia Vladimir Zhmak

This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to the presentation of a press conference on the topic “Ukrzaliznytsia in figures: from 2018 to the present day. Pressing Issues “, presented on the Telegram channel of the Chairman of the Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia Volodymyr Zhmak.

According to the information provided, 37% of the main tracks are in operation with overdue repairs. “Due to the underfunding of the track facilities, the length of the main tracks with overdue repair works is growing,” the presentation notes.

If in 2018 the total length of tracks with overdue repairs was 8.3 thousand km, then in 2019 it was already 9.1 thousand km. This trend has been observed for many years now.

Due to poor track conditions, there were over 600 speed limit warnings in 2020. The main reasons for this are defective sleepers and fasteners.

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine as of 2017 the length of the tracks of Ukrzaliznytsia, excluding the occupied territories, was 19.7 thousand km.

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