Ukraine and Moldova launch train traffic bypassing Transnistria

Railway workers in Odesa region have restored the Berezyne (Ukraine) – Basarabeasca (Moldova) section of the railroad, thus launching railway service between these stations on August 22. According to Rail.insider with reference to the local specialized publication “Passenger Transport.”

“From August 22 will start the movement of trains, primarily freight, on the restored section of the railroad Berezyne (Odesa region) – Basarabeasca (Moldova), that stopped fully functioning in 1997. Railway workers have restored this section of the track length of 23 kilometers in a record short period of just over a month,” the statement says.

It is noted that due to the restoration of the 22-kilometer section on the territory of Ukraine and 1 kilometer section on the territory of Moldova between the stations Berezyne and Basarabeasca, the railway communication both through the existing railroad section from Bilgorod-Dnistrovsky to Izmail port and to Reni port will be launched. Ukraine will get additional logistical opportunities for export/import of products.

The nearest plans of Ukrainian and Moldovan railroad workers include repair of existing and construction of new track between Giurgiulesti port point on Ukrainian-Moldovan border and Romanian port Galati.

As it was reported, on June 24, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Moldova signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of railway communication, which involves the resumption of railway traffic on the section Berezyne (Ukraine) – Basarabeasca (Moldova). Implementation of the project will ensure railway communication with Moldova bypassing Transnistria.

In addition, Ukrainian trains have recently been introduced in transit through Moldova using Ukrzaliznytsia diesel locomotives.

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