"Constructing High-Speed Lines in Russia would integrate the high-speed networks now
being built in Europe and China," says First Vice President of Russian Railways Aleksander
Aleksander Misharin, First Vice President of Russian Railways, reported on the
implementation of the programme to build high-speed railways in Russia to the year's
final Board meeting of the RZD holding company in Moscow.
"The creation of High-Speed Lines (HSLs) in Russia would integrate the Euro Carex
network, which is now being built in Europe and has projected speeds of up to 300
kph, and the China Railway Corporation network, which achieves speeds of up to 250
kph," said Misharin. "In this context, the construction of the Moscow-Kazan-Yekaterinburg
High-Speed Line with an extension to Beijing and the development of the network towards
the European Union acquire a new meaning."
According to Misharin, the results of implementing the programme in 2016 had confirmed
significant passenger demand for faster services. "More than 15% of long distance
passengers had already switched to the new generation Sapsan, Lastochka and Swift
trains, with the increase on some lines exceeding 100%," said the Company's First
Misharin paid special attention to the pilot project to create high-speed networks
in Russia and the construction of the Moscow-Kazan High Speed Line.
In particular, he noted the completion of the line's design to Nizhny Novgorod
by Russian Railways in conjunction with High Speed Lines, a Russian-Chinese consortium
and French technical advisers
"The High Speed Line is an innovative project that uses the latest technologies
and solutions which were previously not applied in Russia.
These solutions include above all ballastless track superstructure for speeds of
up to 400 kph. We still need to build about 1,500 km of ballastless track. Based on
mathematical modelling, the KS-400 contact network has been specifically developed
for the line.
The First Vice-President also stressed that one of the most important tasks will
be to set up the production of a line of high-speed rolling stock in Russia and pointed
out that the projected 12-car train will have operating speeds of up to 360 kph.
In addition, Aleksander Misharin spoke about the development of a concept for a
high-speed freight train similar to the passenger train, but with design features
that will enable it to carry between 300 and 600 tons of cargo at speeds of up to
According to the First Vice President of Russian Railways, the main tasks in the
year 2017 will be to launch the project and begin the construction work on the Moscow-Kazan
High Speed Line.