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Dec 04, 2015

First Vice-President of Russian Railways Alexander Misharin: "The use of new technologies in constructing high-speed rail requires regulatory changes "


The First Vice-President of Russian Railways, Alexander Misharin, has taken part in the IX International Forum "Transport of Russia" in Moscow.

The Forum held a round table devoted to transport construction under contemporary conditions.

"Transport and railway builders today are facing very ambitious tasks. We are not faced with excess productive and human capacity, but rather a lack of it," said Alexander Misharin.

According to Alexei Tsydenov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, in 2015-2016, an unprecedented volume of construction of railway infrastructure will be implemented with state support. This work includes development projects to the ports of the Far East, the Azov-Black Sea basin and North-West Russia, and development projects in Eastern Russia, such as the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian Main Lines and the stretches between Mezhdurechensk - Taishet, Berkakkit - Tommot - Yakutsk and Chertkovo - Millerovo and so on.

"On completion, these projects will lead to a significant increase in infrastructure capacity in general," said Alexey Tsydenov.

The participants in the roundtable noted that such large-scale construction is a testing ground for new technologies and technical solutions, materials and structures, especially when it comes to the development of high-speed lines for trains with speeds of 300-400 kph.

At the moment, the first domestic high-speed rail link between Moscow - Kazan is being designed, but the use of modern technology requires a change in the regulatory framework.

"The project work is being developed in line with 15 special technical conditions which have been designed by two transport universities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and been approved by the orders of the Ministry of Construction. It is necessary to translate these into codes of practice and launch more than 20 other standards. This work has to be done in the near future and in 2016," said Alexander Misharin.

Misharin also noted that the large-scale work to revise the regulatory framework, which now is being implemented in cooperation with the Union of Railways Builders, will reduce the construction cost of the individual infrastructure elements by applying new technologies.

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