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The launch of the Kyiv funicular after the annual routine maintenance has been postponed indefinitely, according to the press service of the Kyiv City State Administration.

With reference to the Kyivpastrans municipal enterprise, the administration told UNIAN that the annual technical inspection of the funicular had been extended.

"After the test load was applied, the cable stretch exceeded the permissible norm. According to experts, the issue requires additional attention and time for fixing. The company will update the public on the new deadline for the completion of scheduled works," the statement says.

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Kyivpastrans has issued an apology for the inconvenience, noting that during this year's maintenance works, communication gear was updated, while the floor and ceiling at the stations were refurbished. Traction engines, wheels, brakes, and pantographs have underwent repairs.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Kyiv funicular on July 22 was closed for scheduled maintenance and repairs. The initial deadline was set for Aug 23.