Ukrainian flows on rail are here to stay
Even after the end of the war in Ukraine and the opening of the country ports, a significant part of the grain and other cargo volumes will remain on the railway tracks to Central and Western Europe. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailFreight.
At the round table, which took place on the opening day of the East West Gate intermodal terminal in Fényeslitke, all experts agreed that the opportunities presented during this harsh period of the war could be used in the future and make rail transport a central component of Ukrainian flows, and Hungary one of the most important gateways to the rest of Europe.
When discussing the future of Ukrainian cargo on the railroad, it was emphasized that the current flows are a huge opportunity for the rail sector. Investment in rail infrastructure must follow, but launching efficient services is the first step in attracting that investment.
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Despite the war, Hungarian railway imports increased, apparently due to Ukraine’s export needs. The future is difficult to predict, but rail routes will remain even if the port of Odessa is fully opened. Ukrainians appreciated the alternative of transit through Hungary, and not just through Poland. The opening of the Adriatic Corridor through the territory of the country played a decisive role in this, so Ukrainian companies are already considering the possibility of using this route in the future.
Specialists also focused on the availability of rolling stock in servicing Ukrainian flows. Huge volumes of imports from Ukraine caught everyone unprepared in terms of rolling stock and handling capacity. Of course, the official opening of the EWG intermodal terminal in Fényeslitke will remove some of the problems with congestion. However, would the same apply to the availability of rolling stock?
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