The railway communication to connect the Kyiv-Passazhyrsky railway station with the largest country’s airport Boryspil International Airport is being constructed slightly ahead of schedule, while the budget savings of the project have already made up about UAH 120 million. This was announced by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman. The Head of Government visited the site of construction to see the progress in the implementation of the project. Currently, the construction of the train line is underway, railway platforms are being formed.
"Building activities have been launched. Until December 1, the work will wind up. The railway communication between the Kyiv-Passazhyrsky station and Boryspil Airport - our air gateway", the Head of Government stressed. "Year-on-year we see a growing passenger traffic plus 2 million people. And now we are building a convenient way to get to the airport. Apart from that! The Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) is now planning to offer tickets - not only for train, but also as one package - train ticket, carriage to Boryspil Airport and airline ticket."
The Prime Minister assured there wouldn’t be any delays.
"And the most important thing! We planned frugal expenditure for this project. If we compare to the plans for "Air Express" - a similar project, they wanted to spend more than UAH 10 billion on it. But we budgeted UAH 700 million. The current economy on work makes up UAH 120 million. Can you just imagine - UAH 10 billion and 580 million. It’s clear-cut difference", urged Volodymyr Groysman.
In February 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine supported the project for the construction of a high-speed railway line to Boryspil developed by PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia.
The Head of Government then stressed that statistics demonstrates a growing demand for air transport services. The annual passenger flow of Boryspil Airport in the year of 2017 amounted to 7-8 million passengers. But still passengers do not have a convenient way to get to the airport or from the airport to Kyiv. That is why the technical solution to this problem was worked out in a short term.
According to the construction project, the line was designed to be laid from the Kyiv-Passazhyrsky railway station through the Vydubychi station to terminal D of the Boryspil Airport. The estimate traveling time is 35 minutes.
The rolling stock to be used on the line include 11 PESA 620M rail buses for 91 passengers and 2 PESA 630M rail buses for 192 passengers.
In May, the Head of Government met with the leadership of Ukrzaliznytsia and set a clear demand to timely complete the project, notably, in December 2018. "It is important to complete the project by December 1 and provide alternative transport for passengers to get the airport or from the airport to the city and other cities of Ukraine", the Head of Government emphasized then.
It is expected that the launch of high-speed commmunication will significantly simplify the way to the airport from the city and backwards as well as reduce the traffic on key city highways. The share of the transportation market of rail transportation will be at least 35%.