Omeljan: Tunnel through the Carpathian mountains will open this year

Омелян: Тоннель сквозь Карпаты откроют в этом году

Volodymyr Omelyan

Work on the reconstruction of Beskyd tunnel began in 2007.

Beskydy tunnel through the Carpathian mountains will open before the end of 2017. This was stated by Minister of infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian, writes Today.

“The Beskyd tunnel will be open this year”, – the Minister said this during the Ukrainian forum of infrastructure.

Beskydy tunnel rail link through the Carpathians, which is part of Lviv Railways. It stretches between stations Beskids and skotars’ke in a mountain ridge, its length is 1750 m. the Tunnel was built in 1886, but, over time, its capacity was not enough, and it was decided to build a new one.

This project of Railways, at a cost of 2.2 billion hryvnia, was the most ambitious during the years of independence. It financed the European investment Bank and the European Bank for reconstruction and development under the loan agreement with Ukrzaliznytsia.

According to experts, the construction of double-track Beskid tunnel at least twice will increase the capacity. Today the tunnel are only 42 trains daily, while its content gets 2 million annually.

The tunnel will contribute to the development of transit potential of Ukraine since it is part of the fifth pan-European transport corridor (Italy – Slovenia – Hungary – Slovakia – Ukraine – Russia).

As reported Корреспондент.netthe Polish city of Gdansk and the Ukrainian Odessa-want to join a full autobahn European sample.