Heads of Russian Railways and SNCF discuss prospects for cooperation
The President of Russian Railways Oleg Beloziorov and the President of the
national French railway company SNCF Guillaume Pepy held a meeting at which they discussed
the prospects of cooperation between the railway companies of Russia and France.
"Our countries have much in terms of working together on railway transport, but
we see great potential in our cooperation and are ready to discuss additional development
opportunities," said Oleg Beloziorov, President of Russian Railways.
The participants in the meeting noted that Russian Railways and SNCF have long-standing
partnerships with regard to the development of freight and passenger transport, station
modernisation and the use of modern technology in ticket selling. Rail transport is
recognised as a global leader in terms of environmental friendliness and transport
During the meeting, the partners discussed the prospects for developing new passenger
routes, modernising station complexes and implementing other infrastructure projects
in Russia and abroad, including high-speed rail projects. In particular, it was noted
that French companies have 35 years of experience in the construction and operation
of high-speed lines - a consortium with the participation of the engineering company
SYSTRA and SNCF has already signed a contract with OJSC High Speed Line - a wholly
owned subsidiary of Russian Railways - to provide technical consulting on the development
of project documentation for the construction of Moscow - Kazan high-speed railway
The parties agreed to continue the series of consultations to determine the most
promising areas for cooperation and to discuss specific joint projects.