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Beskyd railway tunnel in Ukraine road to better integration with EU

Staff Writer | May 25, 2018
The Beskyd Tunnel, a crucial part of a railway connection between the Ukraine and the EU, was inaugurated. It is of the utmost importance fostering deeper integration between Ukraine and the European Union.
Beskyd railway tunnel
Transportation   Beskyd tunnel is located in the Carpathian Mountains
The construction of the new 1.8 km-long tunnel has been supported by an EIB loan of EUR 55m. The tunnel is located in the Carpathian Mountains near Beskyd in south-west Ukraine.

It replaces the former single-track tunnel, which was the only single-track section of the line on the otherwise twin-track electrified corridor between Lviv and the Hungarian and Slovak borders.

After the inauguration of the new Beskyd Tunnel, there is great potential for doubling domestic and international freight train operations to 24 million tonnes and 56 trains in both directions over the next ten years.

Passenger transport will be able to reach up to 40 trains per day in both directions during this period. This significant volume increase is derived from European quality standards and the high reliability of railway operations on the Ukrainian part of the extended TEN-T corridor.

This project is a good example of cooperation between the EIB and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which have co-financed this ambitious railway tunnel construction project together with Ukraine.