Fans travelling across Ukraine for games at Euro 2012 have been boosted by the completion of extensive rail improvements across the country.
The four venues in Ukraine - Kiev, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv – all have new high-speed trains capable of reaching 160km/h that will run at least one speed train per day (two from Kiev to Kharkiv).
Dnipropetrovsk and Odesa will also benefit from the rail links which will cut journey times by 25% - meaning the journey between Kiev and Lviv, for example, has been cut from six and a half hours to under five.
Ukrainian Euro 2012 tournament director Markiyan Lubkivskiy said: "Ukraine has undergone significant changes in preparation for the European Championship. There are four new stadiums, four renovated airports, and the road infrastructure has improved within and between the host cities. The rail network has been reconstructed and the new fast trains will provide the best service for our citizens and visitors."
While UEFA's operations director, Martin Kallen, added: "It's our biggest tournament yet in terms of territory and the distance between host cities is huge – transport will play a crucial role in the event's success. These fast trains will link Euro 2012 host cities and offer fans a quick, comfortable trip from one city to another at a reasonable price."© ESPN