Russian Railways deputy general boast railways competitiveness
Railways are the most competitive mode of transportation and they should become a key player in Eurasian cargo shipping, first deputy general of Russian Railways Sergei Pavlov said at an event in Moscow.
Naming some of the advantages shipping by rail has over sea, Pavlov mentioned speed, reliability and regularity, as well as—since the end of last year—price. In regards to the latter, railway beats air transportation by a large margin as well.
From the point of view of ecology, he noted, rail has no competition either: it is the future. "Developing intermodal services and integrating rail into global cargo delivery chains are important steps toward protecting the environment and mitigating climate change," said Pavlov.
He also noted that the volume of transit traffic through the Russian Railways network is growing rapidly: over five years it has risen almost four times. In particular, between China and Europe, there has been sevenfold growth over five years. According to forecasts, the demand for rail freight traffic will increase, so Russian Railways is making the development of international transport corridors its priority. The investment program of Russian Railways by 2025 has 4.2 trillion rubles planned for infrastructure development, with a focus on modernizing the Trans-Siberian and BAM. Measures are also being taken to expand infrastructure capacity at approaches to seaports, border stations and other facilities.
Along with the development of railway infrastructure, Russian Railways is helping improve the regulatory and legal framework for transportation, as well as extending paperless technologies to every aspect of organizing transportation. According to Pavlov, the priority for the near future is creating a single digital space within the EAEU.