Bombardier Transportation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) to promote the development of joint industrial activities in Ukraine.
The MoU has been signed to modernise Ukrainian Railways' locomotive fleet quickly and cost-effectively.
Ukraine's infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan said: “We are considering the possibility of cooperating with Bombardier in the joint production of electric locomotives in Ukraine.
“The work has already begun with negotiations. We have agreed to establish a corresponding working group, which will determine the main technical and economic parameters of the new traction rolling stock fleet.”
The agreement was signed by JSC's Ukrainian railways board head Wojciech Balczun and Bombardier Transportation Locomotives' business unit head Erwin Gerber.
Gerber said: "As a global leader in rail technology, Bombardier is very proud to have been chosen by Ukrainian Railways to play an important role in their impressive transformation programme aimed at modernising and replacing their locomotives fleet.
“We are very committed to contributing to the rapid and successful development of rail transport in Ukraine, which will enable deeper integration of the Ukrainian transportation network into the global transport system."
Headquartered in Berlin, Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment unit of the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier.
In Ukraine, Bombardier Transportation has its Rail Control Solutions site in Kharkiv, which provides a full range of rail control services such as design, turn-key signalling, telecommunications projects, and maintenance services.
The team at the facility has successfully delivered a Bombardier EBI Lock 950 CBI interlocking system on the Krasnograd – Lozovaya Line ahead of the European Football Championships held in Ukraine in 2012.
Image: Bombardier Transportation signs MoU with Ukrainian Railways. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.