Development of high-quality railway communication and renewal of Ukrzaliznytsia's rolling stock is among the Government's priorities. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal emphasized at a press briefing during a working trip to Cherkasy region on August 6.
According to the Prime Minister, the development of railway connections is vital not only to ensure the comfort of passengers but also in the context of economic development and support of domestic producers.
"We will stimulate our domestic car and locomotive building programs in Ukraine. Ukrzaliznytsia needs new rolling stock," the Head of Government added.
In addition, Denys Shmyhal told about the construction of roads in Cherkasy region within the presidential program "Great Construction". He noted that in 2020 and 2021 in general in Cherkasy region it is planned to repair almost 500 km of roads of national importance.
"We are also intensifying the process of upgrading local roads. In total for the last 2 years in the Cherkasy region, we will have made 700 kilometers of qualitatively new highways. But this is just the beginning. We will definitely continue to build new roads within the framework of the President's program "Great Construction", said the Head of Government.
The Prime Minister also stressed the importance of dimensional and weight control for the preservation of newly built roads. Denys Shmyhal said that currently more than 30 Weigh in Motion automatic dimensional and weight control systems (WIM in motion) are operating in Ukraine, which protect roads from overweight and, consequently, from premature destruction.
The Prime Minister said that in order to reduce the load on the roads, it is necessary to gradually transfer freight transportation to rail and river transport: "At the initiative of the President, laws on the development of river transport were adopted and there is a phased strategy for the transfer of freight conveyance to rivers."
According to the Prime Minister, the development of railway and river infrastructure will allow reducing the burden on the roads.