Route 102 to Ukraine repaired on time
Repair work on line No. 102 from Przemysl to Malchowice was completed on time. However, for the time being, passenger trains will not run on the updated route. So, 28 years after the closure, the platforms were updated, but it is not yet known when the first passengers will use them. Reports Railway Supply magazine citing Rynek Kolejowy.
According to the national infrastructure manager, the main work on the railway line No. 102 from Przemysl to the Polish-Ukrainian border in Malkhovitsy has been completed. It is worth emphasizing that the work that began before the summer holidays was completed in accordance with the original work schedule. At the moment, however, there is no indication that a section of several kilometers will be used in the near future to improve passenger traffic on the Polish-Ukrainian border.
– The work will allow the resumption of passenger transport in 28 years. After final acceptance, carriers will be able to plan the launch of connections on a 12-kilometre section, says Dorota Salaha from the PKP PLK press office. Meanwhile, the self-government of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship, which could become a potential organizer of regional transportation, claims that it is still very far from the resumption of routes. There is no border checkpoint, and a number of procedures related to the entry of Polish rolling stock and employees of Polish operators into the territory of a country that is not part of the EU have been ignored.
The Ministry of Infrastructure does not plan to order trains from Przemysl towards Malchowice and further to Nizhankovichi, which are in Ukraine. Therefore, PKP Intercity will not launch its routes there.
However, this does not mean that the recently completed renovation will not affect passenger traffic in any way. The initial section of the route – between the main station Przemysl and the technical station Bakonchitse – is used to form long-distance trains departing from Przemysl. As PKP PLK recalls, passenger trains used the next section until 1994.
The cost of the work performed is about PLN 47 million. Investments mainly concerned the replacement of tracks, as well as the repair of engineering structures and the improvement of the condition of railway crossings. Trains will be able to reach speeds of up to 60 km/h.
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