22.03.2021   20:22

Russian Railways completes electrification of final rail section to Chinese border

On 22 March 2021, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Savelyev, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and the Governor of the Trans-Baikal Territory Alexander Osipov opened the Borzya – Zabaikalsk electrified section on Transbaikal Territory on the border with China to trains during a teleconference.

“I congratulate all rail staff and residents in the Trans-Baikal Territory on the successful implementation of this important project. It is the final stage in the electrification of a 365-kilometre section from Karymskaya station to Zabaikalsk station, which is the largest railway checkpoint on the Russian-Chinese border,” said Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev.

Savelyev also stressed that the President and the Government of the Russian Federation pay close attention to the state’s development of infrastructure and that the development of Eastern Russia was a priority project.

“The electrification of the section will increase its throughput and therefore ensure an increase in the volume of traffic between Russia and China. In addition, switching to electric traction will not only significantly reduce the railway line’s operating costs, but also significantly reduce the impact of railway transport on the environment due to the use of electric locomotives,” said Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways.

The electrification of the Borzya – Zabaikalsk rail section is part of the project for the reconstruction of the Karymskaya – Zabaikalsk railway line connecting the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Zabaikalsk – Manchuria border crossing on the border with China.

Russian Railways has invested more than 9.3 billion roubles in its electrification.