Network rail delivers equipment to restore infrastructure in Ukraine

5 new JBC excavators to restore rail infrastructure were delivered to Ukraine Ukrainian Railways

Ukrainian Railways has received five new excavators and equipment for the loading and unloading cof argo, all free of charge from the British railway company Network Rail with the assistance of the UK Department for Transport. It is the third and for now last delivery of aid from Britain to Ukrainian Railways. 

The five brand-new JCB excavators will be transferred to the Centre for Construction and Repair of Engineering Structures branch. This branch is working to restore infrastructure across Ukraine, including in the de-occupied territories.

Earlier, Ukrainian railways already received materials for infrastructure renewal. Ukrainian Railways received the first part of the aid package from Network Rail at the end of last year. At the beginning of March, the second part of aid from Great Britain arrived in Ukraine. These supplies included Acrow 700XS modular bridges, RamArch tunnel lining kits, MAT-125 modular elements for support structures, as well as tools.

Speeding up cargo handling to export grain by rail

“This is very important assistance from our railway colleagues and the UK government, and we are grateful to our friends from all over the world who are helping us to resist and rebuild Ukraine”, said Vyacheslav Yeryomin, member of the Board of Directors of Ukrzaliznytsia. “Modern bridge structures are already being used to rebuild the railway infrastructure in Kharkiv region, which has been destroyed by the enemy for many months.”

Ukrainian Railways can keep the containers in which the cargo was transported for further use, including international transport. “We are actively developing Ukraine’s logistics potential, in particular through our intermodal operator Liski.” One unit of equipment for loading and unloading cargo was also delivered by Network Rail, and will be transferred to the Liski Transport Service Centre branch. “Modern equipment will help speed up cargo handling at our terminals and speed up their delivery to the customer”, said Yeryomin.

The British covered all logistics and training costs for Ukrainian railway workers to use the equipment. In total, Ukrainian railways has received almost 10 million pounds in aid from the UK government to repair Ukraine’s railway infrastructure and help export grain from the country by rail.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Former Editor RailTech.com

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