Russian Railways to invest over 200 billion roubles in infrastructure development
to quadruple freight transit
Russian Railways is to spend more than 200 billion roubles on the development of
infrastructure in order to achieve a fourfold increase in the volume of transit container
shipments by 2024.
The decision was announced by Alexey Shilo, the Director of Commercial Activities
and the head of the Centre for Corporate Transport Services at OJSC Russian Railways
and is in response to the task set in a decree issued by the President of Russia.
According to Shilo, Russian Railways has a plan for the development of transit
traffic which provides for the creation of 26 new railway stations and strengthening
the power supply system along 1,300 kilometres of track, as well as a number of other
Shilo stressed that all these plans should be synchronised with the development
programmes of all participants along the routes: the shippers, ports and border crossings
He added that it was equally important to gain the trust of customers in order
to achieve a multiple increase in transit volumes,
"The first term in the ideal formula for transit traffic is the stability and predictability
of tariffs, which OJSC Russian Railways has not changed since 2011. The second aspect
is to improve constantly the level of service. And the third is that each participant
in the chain has to work to increase its efficiency on an ongoing basis. As a result,
consumer trust is then expressed in the number of tons of freight and goods transported
and the number of clients and so on, said Alexei Shilo.
In order to solve these problems, Shilo said that the RZD holding would continue
to develop electronic services aimed at both simplifying customer access to transportation
services and improving internal processes. Even today, some standard operations, for
example, booking empty wagons, occur automatically.
Another important area is the change to a universal CIM/SMGS consignment note,
which will allow shippers to transport cargo between different countries on a single
transport document and speed up border and customs operations.
Shilo said that from 2019, Russian Railways planned to switch to the registration
of such invoices in electronic form.
"Together we have to create a system that will benefit everyone. Only integrative
solutions can achieve success. And the results of our joint integration project with
Belarusian and Kazakhstan railways, through the United Transport and Logistics Company
(UTLC), make clear just how effective this approach is proving," said Alexei Shilo.