Ukrzaliznytsia plans to increase the cost of passenger transportation from April 1,

Ukrzaliznytsia plans to increase the cost of passenger transportation from April 1,Photo: UNIAN

In the ULTRASONIC say that in recent times increased tariffs for passenger transportation in 2014

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Ukrzaliznytsia intends from 1 April 2018 to increase the prices of passenger railway transport (except suburban) 10%, and in General to conduct such an increase twice a year.

According to the material of the media center “Magistral”, published on its web-site, the decision of the management of the company calls internally, because the cost of energy, metal and all other goods purchased by the Railways has increased significantly.

As noted in conversation with the media center Director for Economics and Finance of PJSC Andrey Ryazantsev, the last time the Railways increased the tariffs for passenger transportation in 2014, so the need to review the cost of services is long overdue, as the consumer price index has grown by at least 60-70%, 4-6 times increased the cost of utilities and other services.

“Across the product line, which need the road, significantly increased prices. If a year ago the price of diesel fuel was in the range of 20 thousand per ton, this is already 28-29 thousand, and the price of one passenger car with 19 million in 2016 increased today to 30 million. We, of course, such a frenzied pace of value growth is not supported, but are forced to react,” said Ryazantsev.

He also said that funds from the first phase of the value enhancement will be focused on the development of passenger infrastructure.

“I want to assure you that the money from the increase go to a separate investment account. Passengers last year, has already felt the positive developments in the passenger transport sector, and soon we will be able to radically change the situation and bring this segment of the company’s activities to a whole new level,” said Ryazantsev.

In turn, the acting Chairman of the Board of PJSC “Ukrzaliznytsia” Evgeny Kravtsov added that the services provided to passengers in the pricing process should be divided into segments, social and commercial. Prices for tickets in compartment cars, SV, IC, and “night Express” should be changed according to business rules: depending on demand and the solvency of the passengers.

“For example, if today the price of a ticket from Lviv to Odessa in the SW wagon within one thousand UAH – it’s not social traffic. And if we come to the conclusion that actually the ticket should cost 1,3-1,4 thousand UAH, should have the right to establish such value. Now the passenger is willing to pay for high cost of transportation. It has a market mechanism. We do the opposite things – in January reduced the price of tickets on the train Kiev-Warsaw and received an increase in passenger traffic”, – he said.

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Recall, according to the draft financial plan for the year 2018, the Railways plans to transport 201,5 million passengers, which is less than the plan for 2017 0.7% and 2.2% less than the expected report of 2017.

Passenger traffic for the year 2018 is projected to total 26,642 billion passenger-km, which is less than the plan of 0.5% and expected to report in 2017 3.5%.

In the domestic direct and local communications passenger traffic is projected at 20,124 billion passenger-km, which is less than plan by 0.9% and less than the expected result 2017 is 4.1%, due to the decrease in the Eastern and Northern areas of the amount of operation of trains in long-distance communication.

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