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Ukraine: New Beskydsky tunnel to be opened on May 25

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Ukrzaliznytsia plans to finish construction of the new Beskydsky tunnel on May 25, 2018 and starts new large-scale infrastructure projects for over UAH 10 billion, Ukrzaliznytsia acting Board Chairman Yevhen Kravtsov has said.

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"We plan to finish the project, which was to be completed this autumn, earlier. The Beskydsky tunnel is to be opened on May 25, 2018," he said at a press conference in Kyiv.

Kravtsov said that among new projects is a large-scale project on electrification of the Dolynska-Mykolaiv-Kolosivka section, which concerns the access to the Mykolaiv maritime merchandise port and is a strategic one for the agricultural sector of Ukraine.

He also recalled the project on electrification of the Potoky-Zolotnyshyne section, which is important for improving transactions in the metal and ore complex of the country.

"The electrification of the Kovel-Izov-the state borer is the access of Ukrainian cargo to the European markets. Today this is the narrowest place on our transport map," Kravtsov said.

Among other things, he pointed out the importance of railway communication with Mariupol: this year the company will continue improving the capacity of the Kamysh-Zoria-Volnovaha-Mariupol section.

"We did a lot in the past year: we expanded [throughput] from 14-15 pairs of freight trains per day to 22. This is a significant increase in one year, and we plan to raise it to 28 before the end of this year," he said.

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