Ukrainian farmers are asking Poland to build a broad-gauge railway to the Baltic ports
The Ukrainian Agrarian Council, together with other participants of the Ukrainian Agrarian Forum, appealed to the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki regarding the possibility of laying a broad-gauge railway in Poland. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Kurier Kolejowy.
According to the authors of the appeal, such a railway should connect the railway networks of Ukraine and Lithuania, as well as connect the port in Gdansk. Such a railway, according to the authors of the appeal, would facilitate the export of Ukrainian agricultural products through the ports of Klaipeda and Gdansk.
“The bottlenecks of logistics routes passing through Polish ports are the limited capacity of the ports themselves, the dominance of the road infrastructure of the port over the railway infrastructure, the need to reload wagons or move bogies due to different gauges and, accordingly, the lack of such opportunities, as well as wagons and locomotives of the European gauge, especially for the transportation of groups of grain cargo,” the report says.
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“One of the largest European ports and the closest port to Ukraine, Klaipeda (Lithuania), which has significant reserve transshipment capacities and through which the Republic of Poland also imports thermal coal,” representatives of the farmers noted, adding that a hypothetical new broad-gauge railway could also be connected with a port in Gdansk.
Such an event can be implemented through the reconstruction of the existing railway network and the construction of a connecting track or the construction of a separate railway section, depending on the conclusions of expert organizations, which requires appropriate funding.
The previously mentioned agrarian association has already notified representatives of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania about the idea of building a 300-kilometer railway line with a gauge of 1520 mm in Poland.
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