Ukrzaliznytsia JSC reported that the company’s management held a series of meetings with representatives of DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH.

Ukrzaliznytsia talked again about cooperation with Deutsche Bahn
Picture: DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH

The parties discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, informs railway magazine Railway Supply citing UZ.

Representatives of Deutsche Bahn got acquainted with the work of passenger depots of Ukrzaliznytsia and the branch of the Ukrainian Railway Speed Company. During the site visit, the issues of improving services and the overall vertical of passenger traffic were considered.

In addition, the parties discussed possible cooperation in the mechanisms of implementation of PSO-contracts, the tariff for access to infrastructure, the establishment of transport analytics and the use of appropriate IT-solutions, the development of terms of reference for rolling stock and others.

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Earlier there was an attempt to cooperate between UZ and DB Engineering & Consulting. Thus, on January 22, 2020, a memorandum was signed between Deutsche Bahn and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, which provided for the study of the possibility of a strategic partnership between Ukrzaliznytsia and DB.

After that, a memorandum of understanding was signed on the strategic development of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia between JSC UZ and Deutsche Bahn. According to the memorandum, DB Engineering & Consulting was to provide, among other things, consulting services.

Then Ukrzaliznytsia announced a tender for the provision of consulting services to increase the company’s operational efficiency. Thus, not only DB could become UZ consultant.

At the end of March last year, it became known that the tender was canceled due to the fact that less than three bidders were admitted to the negotiations by the customer, as three companies did not meet the terms of the tender offer.

A month later, the then Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Krykliy announced that the issue of cooperation between Ukrzaliznytsia and Deutsche Bahn in terms of providing consulting services by the German company was postponed indefinitely.

Later, UZ stated that they did not see the possibility and meaning in involving any foreign specialists in cooperation with UZ.

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