Yakunin takes part in laying "golden link" to complete Berkakit - Tommot - Nizhny
Vladimir Yakunin, the President of Russian Railways, took part in the ceremonial
laying of the "golden link" which now completes the Berkakit - Tommot - Nizhny Bestyakh
The ceremony took place at Nizhny Bestyakh in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on
15 November 2011. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other officials were also
Medvedev congratulated everyone involved in the construction on completing the
line and noted that in the near future a bridge would be built across the river Lena
and thus bring the railway to Yakutsk.
Vladimir Yakunin called today's event memorable and noted that the line should
now connect Yakutia with Russia’s main rail network. The Berkakit - Tommot
- Nizhny Bestyakh line runs for 808km and is connected with the Baikal-Amur Main Line
(BAM) and the Trans-Siberian Main Line.
Russian Railways became involved in the project at an early stage and invested
over 4 billion roubles in the line’s construction.
The Company supports the need for the construction of a combined road-rail bridge
across the river Lena and the line’s direct connection with Yakutsk. This will
finally create a modern transport spine for the whole region, significantly reducing
its dependence on the seasonal import of goods. As a result, costs to the companies,
population and the public authorities at all levels in Sakha (Yakutia) will fall by
The decision to build the Berkakit rail line to Yakutsk was made in 1985, with
the first segment to Tommot station completed by 1995. At the moment, it is only operating
temporarily. Construction of the second part of the line to Nizhny Bestyakh was begun
The Rail Transport Development Strategy in the Russian Federation to 2030 provides
for the further development of rail infrastructure in Yakutia and the Magadan region
by constructing a strategic railway line from Nizhny Bestyakh to Magadan.
In the longer term, it is also planned to integrate the Chukotka and Kamchatka
regions of Russia’s northeast into the country’s railway network.
With a link now established between Sakha (Yakutia) and the Russian network to
handle the increasing volume of rail freight, the rapid development of the BAM and
Trans-Siberian has become even more urgent.
As part of its own investment programme, Russian Railways is continuing to upgrade
the rail network in stages, including the infrastructure of the Baikal-Amur Main Line,
in order to handle the future volumes of freight traffic forecast with the Republic
of Sakha (Yakutia).