1. Cooperation with SNCF
French, German and Russian railways signed a cooperation agreement to develop further passenger traffic between European capitals in December 2011.
The Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, now operates services between Russia and France and Russia and Germany:
- No.17/18 Moscow – Nice – Moscow
- No.23/24 Moscow – Berlin – Paris
Russian Railways (Federal Passenger Company) and Rail Europe (Euronet) signed a contract to expand the ticket sales network. The Euronet system enables rail tickets for Russian Railways’ and FPC trains to be sold all over Europe, as well as for European trains within Russia itself.
At the moment, passengers can buy tickets for the Sapsan and Moscow – Nice trains through the Euronet system. In Europe, passengers will also be able to purchase tickets in the future for the Moscow – Paris service, as well as for other trains.
Cooperation on high-speed rail services
High-Speed Main Lines, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, is cooperating with the French railway company SNCF and exchanging experience in building high-speed rail projects that have been successfully implemented in France.
Cooperation in developing railway stations
The Railway Station Directorate at Russian Railways, together with the Scientific Institute of IT Management, have developed a programme to improve qualifications and which provides for the practical training of the most qualified managers and specialists in France. In 2008-2012 and the first quarter of 2012, 318 Russian Railways’ employees were enrolled in the programme.
The directorates for railway stations at Russian Railways and SNCF are also rapidly developing cooperation between twinned stations in the two countries.
2. Russian Railways cooperation with Altstom
The French company Altstom won a tender to supply high-speed trains for the St Petersburg – Helsinki service. Allegro trains have been operating between the two cities since 12 December 2010.
The new high-speed service has cut travel time from 5h 30min to 3h 36min.
Russian Railways is also working with Altstom on a project to build the mainline dual-voltage EP20 electric passenger locomotive and the 2ES5 electric freight locomotive with asynchronous drive.
Work is also continuing on setting up joint production companies to localise the manufacture of imported components and advanced technology in Russia.
3. Cooperation between Russian Railways and GEFCO
A shareholders’ agreement to purchase a 75 percent stake in GEFCO S.A., the parent company of the international logistics group GEFCO, was signed between Russian Railways and PSA Peugeot Citroёn in Paris on 5 November 2012.
The deal will allow the GEFCO group to consolidate its position on the international market by developing new routes, while giving Russian Railways access to the latest 3PL/4PL logistic technologies.