In October 2014, Lviv Bus Factory stopped production, equipment, and premises were put up for auction. In the period from the beginning of January 2015  to the end of December 2016, the plant did not produce a single unit of automotive equipment. In 2018, information on the resumption of production appeared on the plant’s website. However, at the beginning of 2019, the complete demolition of the plant’s buildings began, the territory is planned to be built up with an IT hub and residential buildings.
Soviet and imported equipment, disassembled, faulty and unusable. In addition to the abandoned Soviet ZAZ Tavria and UAZ vehicles, foreign brands of trucks were also spotted. All this rots for many years and is of no use to anyone.
History of Lviv Bus Factory
The Lviv Bus Plant LAZ was built in 1945 to produce ZIS buses for the USSR. As an idea came about to create a whole new bus, the LAZ 695 bus was designed and approved by the Moscow Ministry of Transport. Production was launched in 1956 and continued until 2006. This is the most successful bus in the world and holds a world record for the longest in production.
During the 1970s many new models were created such as the LAZ 699 and 697 which are both coach buses. In 1967, LAZ won the best bus in Europe at the Brussels auto show. LAZ was the first ever to create the low floor bus in 1963 called the LAZ 360 designed by Nami USSR. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, LAZ suffered a big meltdown economically due to the loss of funding. Production stopped due to no orders. After the economy started to pick up, LAZ started to produce buses again. The LAZ 52523 was created.
In 2001, LAZ was sold to Russian business tycoon Igor Churkin. After the sale of the company, the whole line of production was re-engineered to produce new buses for a low price.
LAZ used a system called “flexible assembly line” which means that many different models could be produced on the same line because LAZ buses were all hand assembled.
Some of its most widely known products included the LAZ-695 city bus and its stretched tourist-oriented version, the LAZ-699. ElectroLAZ, the distinctive modern LAZ trolleybus, can be seen circulating in over 25 cities around the world. LAZ provided transportation for the UEFA Euro 2012 championship that was held in Ukraine and Poland in 2012.
The Ukraine government signed a contract to purchase 2500 new “CityLAZ” buses along with a possible 800 more. After the championship, LAZ buses were used as regular city transportation in the cities hosting EURO 2012. In 2012, three new models were introduced: The LAZ 695 Soyuz, the LAZ 4207 DM, and the LAZ A183 CNG.
Our trek began with climbing a gantry crane to inspect the area. The abandoned equipment scattered in different places of the territory immediately catches the eye. We immediately descend and proceed to inspect it.
Behind two old “Ikarus” hides a brainchild, once produced at this plant. The old “LAZ-695D” seems to look shyly, observing a pack of industrial researchers, and thinks that no one sees it.
Nobody else is sitting in the rusty guard tower with an equipped booth. A small area is filled with old ZIL trucks. It rained recently, all the iron structures are wet. The further – the more interesting. By some miracle, we came across the parking lot of the plant’s finished products. These are the last buses that left the assembly line. Now they are in a closed parking lot and are unlikely to go on the line.
Important Information Before you Visit
Abandoned ruins of Lviv Bus Factory
Know before you go. Before you come and spend time at the Abandoned Lviv Bus Factory there are tips and advice for exploring abandoned places. We want to ensure that you enjoy your time there.
Know the Dangers When visiting Abandoned Lviv Bus Factory, the most obvious hazard is falling through rotten floorboards — but there are often much more sinister invisible dangers.
Wear proper clothing and equipment
If you’re going to be exploring, wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind ruining. Choose your footwear carefully too. Besides a camera and any photography props you might need, you’ll also want to bring a flashlight.
Don’t steal souvenirs from Abandoned Lviv Bus Factory
The artifacts left in haunted Abandoned Lviv Bus Factory once belonged to somebody, even if they haven’t been there for years. At best, you’re diluting the experience for other urban explorers; at worst, you’re stealing and desecrating a historic site.
Expert on Urban Planning and Abandoned Places
|Mr. Gregory Hooqe is a highly experienced expert on Urban Decaying and Abandoned Places. Mr. Gregory Hooqe has been focusing on Urban Development since 2000 and has written extensively on the subject.|
He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Korean Smart Cities, as well as the 2016 Korea Development Institute, Global Ambassador Award for SD and Innovation.
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