Russian Railways and Komi sign cooperation agreement for 2018-2022
The government of the Komi Republic and Russian Railways have signed an agreement on cooperation which covers the years 2018-2022.
The document was signed by Valery Tanaev, the head of Northern Railways, and Sergey Gaplikov, the head of the Komi Republic. The signing took place in Sosnogorsk on 14 March 2018.
The parties intend jointly to resolve issues related to the development of passenger transportation in both long-distance and suburban railways, and to determine the amount of subsidies to shipping companies. Envisaged is cooperation on the development of railway infrastructure facilities, as well as on upgrading the infrastructure of the passenger complex, including railway stations.
The agreement also reflects the issues of traffic safety, medical services for the population, the maintenance of, and energy supply to social facilities, and the prevention of non-production injuries.
Valery Tanaev and Sergei Gaplikov also took part in the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for the new Sosnogorsk railway station. At the present time, the design work is being completed, the site is under preparation and a temporary modular building is being installed to serve passengers during the construction period.
The new station is designed to accommodate 50 passengers at a time and will be built taking into account all modern requirements, including a waiting room, ticket area, left luggage, a food court and a room for passengers with children. Low-mobility passengers will enjoy easy access to the station’s passenger areas. Provision will also be made for the improvement of the station’s adjacent territory and car parking will be improved.
The total cost of the project is estimated at 270 million roubles. The construction is due to be completed in 2021.
In 2017, OJSC Russian Railways invested 813 million roubles in infrastructure on the territory of the Republic of Komi. Housing for railway workers is under construction, technical buildings are being erected and the infrastructure of railway enterprises is being updated. The railway track is constantly being modernised and repaired, including on sections with permafrost on the Chum – Labytnangi and Chum – Vorkuta lines.
In 2017, 1,646,000 passengers travelled from the Komi Republic on long-distance trains and 387,700 people on suburban trains.
The Sosnogorsk Territorial Administration of the Northern Railway loaded of 11.2 million tons of freight.
Last year, railway enterprises paid 1.6 billion roubles in taxes to the budget of the Komi Republic and local budgets, 6% more than in the previous year.