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May 26, 2015

Prospects for development of heavy traffic on railways discussed at UIC Regional Seminar in Saint Petersburg

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A seminar of the International Union of Railways (UIC) was held in St. Petersburg between 20-22 May 2015.

The seminar on "Improving the Efficiency of Freight Transport by using Heavy and Long Trains" was initiated and organised by OJSC Russian Railways as part of the UIC's Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly.

The event was attended by over 40 representatives from railway companies, transport administrations, wagon constructors, transport universities and research institutions in Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Sweden, France and Australia.

The seminar discussed the prospects for developing heavy-duty traffic in the regions, issues relating to the specifics of maintaining infrastructure and constructing innovative rolling stock, the advantages and the economic benefits of introducing heavy traffic.

On the basis of the reports presented at the seminar, the follow-up comments and closing discussions, recommendations were made to improve the infrastructure to meet new operational requirements, as well as to introduce the technical means for organising such heavy-duty trains, create innovative traction rolling stock and improve the legal framework.

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