Poland-Ukraine: Electrification of the Line №102 project

There are two options for financing the modernization of the «Line №102». It is the railway project connecting Przemysl with the Ukrainian city of Nizhankovichi, according to PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. Reconstruction of this abandoned railway line will make it possible to reconstruct a passenger route from Poland to Ukraine’s Khyrov, Sambir and Stryi. The work will also include electrification, as Railway Supply  magazine informs, citing Rynek Kolejowy.
Electrification of the Line №102 project
Picture: Kasper Fiszer

Currently, there is no passenger rail service between Poland and Ukraine, as the transport of passengers across the external borders of the EU is prohibited by one of the decrees of the Polish government issued in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.

Modernization of an unused railway line (Line №102) at the border section connecting Przemysl Glavny with Malchowice further to the Ukrainian town of Nizhankovichi could be a chance to change this. The initial plans to renew the route were announced in 2018 by the Office of the Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

The planning work related to the new financial perspective of the European Union is currently underway, says Dorota Szalacha from PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe’s press service.

The revival of the Przemysl – Malchovice railway line, including its electrification, was included in the investment plans for 2021-2027 by the Subcarpathian Voivodeship. However, the rules for the distribution of grants to finance the project have not yet been determined.

Despite this, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. reported on the activation of processes. The reconstruction project «Line №102» is included in the National Reconstruction Plan, which is under development. However, the list of projects that will ultimately be implemented depends on the possibility of financing the work. It also ensures that plans are discussed at both the government and regional levels.