Appointment of Wojciech Balchun for the post of the head of Ukrzaliznytsia initially did not contribute to solving global issues of railway reform. This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC, Prime Minister of the Opposition Government Borys Kolesnikov on the air of the TV channel “Ukraine”.
According to the politician, the resignation of Wojciech Balchun is not a surprise. “The question is what the Ukrainian government wanted to solve by this appointment. If we raise the rock culture, so we have Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, we could invite someone from “Deep purple” or “U2” in full force. Seriously, we can not solve such global problems with such personnel,” Borys Kolesnikov said.
According to him, neither passengers nor cargo carriers are satisfied with the results of Balchun’s work. “I will tell you more: Ukraine gets double damage from cargo transportation, because the prices are so high. Such inefficient management leads to an increase in prices, shippers pass to highways, although the whole world does the opposite: everything that can be removed from highways is translated into railways, and everything that can be removed from there - on the water,” the opposition Prime Minister emphasized.
Borys Kolesnikov is convinced that the reform of the railway is still ahead. “The railway operates according to the laws of 47 years. It’s good that I at least managed to cancel the ban on photo and video at the train stations. In general, the stations need to be handed over to local councils. I insisted on it then, and now I insist on it. Then local councils can organize trams, trolley buses, buses and rail transportation in one node. Then the stations will be loaded correctly, and people will be happy,” Borys Kolesnikov emphasized.