Rostov-Main railway station undergoing modernisation for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
On 14 March 2018, the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and the governor of the Rostov region Vasily Golubev inspected the Rostov-Main railway station, which has just seen the completion of its modernisation programme in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Oleg Belozerov noted that after the work, the station had became more modern, convenient and comfortable and now fully meets the global standards for similar railway infrastructure facilities.
A new inspection pavilion with a capacity of over 2,000 passengers an hour has been built. Other changes include the station building’s facade and the interiors and waiting rooms, where a centralised air conditioning system has been installed.
On the ground floor, an open-plan ticket hall with an electronic queue is now in operation. The hall has been reconstructed to offer high levels of comfort and convenience.
Particular attention has been paid to ensure the easy accessibility of the station and its infrastructure to low-mobility groups of the population, the renovation of the ventilation and video surveillance systems, and improving the station area and passenger platforms.
A new electric train of the EP3D series, which is produced at the Demikhovsk machine-building plant belonging to Closed Stock Company Transmashholding, was presented to the head of OJSC Russian Railways and the governor of the Rostov region.
According to Oleg Belozerov, within the framework of the investment programme of JSC Russian Railways it is planned to purchase 22 EP3D series electric trains this year, with 18 of them being allocated to the Rostov region.
Investments in the purchase of rolling stock for North Caucasus Railways will amount to more than 4 billion roubles.
At present, North Caucasus Railways has taken delivery of two electric trains with four carriages each. The new rolling stock will run on the Rostov-Taganrog section.
Rostov-Main railway station is one of the busiest on North Caucasus Railways and currently handles more than 10,000 passengers every day. The complex is able to serve about 4 million people a year.
The last large-scale reconstruction of the Rostov-Main railway station was carried out in 2000-2004. During that reconstruction, all the buildings were combined into a single complex, including a passenger building, a service building with long-term rest rooms, a traffic management centre, and a concourse.
Today the area of the station complex is more than 9,000 square metres, while the area of the external station area is 11,600 square metres.
The EP3D series of AC electric trains is designed entirely in Russia, with almost 100% of the components Russian-made.
These trains meet the most up-to-date international safety requirements in the operation of motorised rolling stock. They are distinguished by an increased level of passenger convenience. Passengers can board and disembark from both low and high platforms
The EP3D carriages feature comfortable six and two-seat sofas and are equipped with bicycle carriers. The microclimate maintenance system with its air disinfection function allows passengers to adjust the temperature depending on the outside weather and the number of passengers in the compartment.
The train also features a barrier-free environment: the lead carriages are equipped with lifts for wheelchairs and spacious toilet facilities, including for low-mobility passengers. All information plates are duplicated in Braille. The emergency crash system on the frontal part of the lead carriage and on the automatic coupling between the intermediate carriages ensures the safety of both passengers and the engine crew.
The aerodynamic shape of the carriages lends a modern look to the electric train and excludes the unapproved lifting of unauthorised persons.
Thanks to the salon windows incorporated into the new design and the use of a sealed system, the carriage exterior has been improved and the carriage’s heat and sound insulation increased.
Coupling devices between the carriages make for a smooth ride and low noise levels.