The first stage of the creation of high-speed railway services in Russian Federation will be the construction of the Moscow to Kazan rail track of the HSL-2 link, which will run across the territory of 6 constituent entities of Russian Federation: Moscow and Moscow region, Vladimir and Nizhny Novgorod region, Tatarstan. Subsequent development of the rail link includes its extension to Yekaterinburg.
The launch of the link will ensure a 4-fold reduction of the travel time between Moscow and Kazan: from the current 14 hours (on the existing railway infrastructure) down to 3.5 hours, whereas the travel time between Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan will be reduced by 7 times: from 10h 32m to 1h 37m. The Moscow-Kazan high-speed link will facilitate improvement of the degree of connection between the territories of Russia and the mobility of population; the average travel time between the capitals of the regions will be 1 hour.
Key Features of the Moscow-Kazan HSL Project:
- Track length: 770 km
- Travel time: 3 hours 3 minutes
- Maximum speed: up to 400 kmph
- Rail gauge: 1520 mm
- Implementation scheme: PPP