Work completed on electrification of railway approaches to Ust-Luga seaport
Industrial operations on the Vaimarn – Luzhskaya electrified section in the
Kuzbass-North-West region were launched on 18 October 2017.
During a meeting between the President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and participants
on the freight rail transportation market, a special satellite TV link-up was set
up with Luzhskaya station and West Siberian Railways, where the main freight flows
towards the port of Ust-Luga are formed.
The President of Russian Railways reminded participants that the project to electrify
approaches along the section to the port has been underway since 2011.
During this time, more than 700 kilometres of the contact network have been built
and reconstructed, while over 150 km of second tracks have been laid, 11 stations
reconstructed and the Luzhskaya pre-departure and modern sorting station built.
"This will allow us to increase the volume of cargo transshipment by more than
11 million tons per annum and reduce cargo delivery times in the Kuzbass-North-West
region by 12 hours. Everyone will benefit from this, including Russian Railways, which
after completing the electrification of the stretch will gain an economic effect amounting
to 450.3 million roubles a year. Today, together with you, we are launching industrial
operations," said the Company President.
The head of West-Siberian Railways Anatoly Reger said during the satellite TV link-up
that a cargo route from Kuzbass to the ports of Russia’s North-West was in great
demand among shippers based in the Kuzbass. About 20 heavy-weight convoys loaded with
coal leave the Kuzbass every day, 75% of which arrive at the port of Ust-Luga.
"By completing the electrification of the Vaimarn – Luzhskaya section, we
have already been able to increase through capacity by one third. Now, we can organise
trains powered by electric traction along the whole route from Siberia to the North-West,
a distance of almost 4,000 kilometres," said Vladimir Goloskokov, the head of October