The Cabinet of Ministers denied the statement about toll roads

Photo: facebook.com/oleksandr.kubrakov

So far, toll roads in Ukraine are only in the project

The project on the construction of six roads provides for a public-private partnership, not a concession, so the driver will not be charged a fee.

Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov denied the statement of his deputy Anna Yurchenko about toll roads in Ukraine.

The day before she said that in Ukraine it is planned to build six such roads and named the approximate cost of travel on them.

“I will explain why this information does not correspond to reality, and what is actually happening,” Kubrakov wrote in Facebook.

He explained that public-private partnership projects are a format of “payment in installments” to an investor from the state, without a fare.

“In October 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukravtodor, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation in Ukraine presented the first public-private partnership program in the road industry. We are talking about 6 road sections with a total length of 1,500 km, which have been selected for potential pilot PPP projects:

  • Kharkiv – Dnipro – Zaporizhzhia (M-29, M-04, M-18,

  • Boryspil – Poltava (M-03),

  • Kherson – Nikolaev (M-14),

  • Kiev – Zhytomyr – Rivne (M-06),

  • Yagodin – Kovel – Lutsk (M-07, M-19),

  • Dnipro-Kryvyi Rih – Nikolaev (M-04 H11).

Within the framework of this project, the fare will not be charged “, – assured Kubrakov.

According to him, the contributions of the investor within the framework of such a construction will be compensated from public funds, and not from the pockets of drivers.

“That is, in fact, we are talking about a kind of payment format in installments, which is better known in the world as“ availability payments ”or“ availability payments. ”What is the benefit for an investor? A 25-year contract for the maintenance of the renovated section. This format of cooperation helps the state to speed up the process of renovation and high-quality maintenance of roads, and to the investor – to guarantee profits in the long term, “explains Kubrakov

He also said that two potential concession projects are currently at the development stage: the construction of the Stryi-Mukachevo road and the construction of the Krakovets-Brody-Rivne road.

The minister also noted that the marginal cost of removing the fare is determined exclusively for concession projects.

In addition, Kubrakov added that the Big Construction roads will never be toll roads.

It should be noted that earlier Ukravtodor promised to start construction of the first toll road already in 2019. They even calculated that traveling along such a road would cost from seven eurocents per kilometer.

And last summer, Ukravtodor said that there will be no toll roads in Ukraine… and instead they plan to introduce a special tax for trucks.

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