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Hungary is modernizing the cross-border transshipment hub Záhony to increase the volume of Ukrainian grain transportation

Hungary is modernizing the cross-border transshipment hub Záhony to increase the volume of Ukrainian grain transportation
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10 / 10 / 2022

Hungary is modernizing the railway to increase the volume of transportation of Ukrainian grain. Thanks to investments of more than HUF 12 billion, the volume of grain coming to Hungary by rail from Ukraine through the Záhony transshipment hub will increase.

It is reported that László Palkovics, the Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Hungary, together with David Vitezi, the State Secretary for Transport of this ministry, has held a series of meetings with all Hungarian stakeholders (transshipment terminals, freight carriers, MÁV, grain association), as well as negotiations with the management of the Ukrainian Railways in Berlin. As a result, the Hungarian government discussed an application for financing the necessary investments in the cross-border transshipment hub of Záhony.

The reasons why the Hungarian railway will take part in the transportation of Ukrainian grain, David Vitezi reported on his Facebook.

"Most of the country's income, which suffered from the war, consists of agricultural exports. Africa and the Middle East used to buy large volumes of grain from Ukraine, and if they don't get it now because of limited capacity in the Black Sea, some countries could face famine. The drought has also forced Hungary to import some grain this year," says David Vitezi, State Secretary for Transport at the Hungarian Ministry of Industry and Technology.

The cost of the works has been estimated at HUF 12.4 billion. Záhony station, Záhony marshaling yard, and Eperjeske will be modernized, where the tracks that have become outdated and damaged over the past decades will be restored.

According to David Vitezi, "railway infrastructure, logistics, and workforce management are facing a huge challenge due to the sudden influx of new tasks. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania must do everything to ensure that as much grain as possible can leave Ukraine by rail."

The official believes that the increase in traffic is often blocked, quite literally, by wide wagons waiting to be unloaded or already empty, or by ordinary wagons waiting to be loaded. That is why it is so important to clean up the abandoned tracks of the transshipment area, which, before the regime change, handled much larger quantities of cargo, but since then has been operating at much lower speeds and is currently impassable due to decades of underuse, to restore the closed tracks, increase their capacity, achieve speeds of 20-40 km/h at the marshaling yards and ensure that safe working conditions can be maintained at night.

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