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10 july

Maksim Oreshkin: Moscow - Kazan HSR must be set up to effectively implement the project of a high-speed route Europe - Asia

The Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maksim Oreshkin opened the round table of the international exhibition INNOPROM-2017 in Yekaterinburg, dedicated to the development of transport and infrastructure projects in Russia. In particular, Minister called for considering the Moscow-Kazan HSR as a complex project that not only strengthens the interconnection of regions, but also has the potential to implement a larger project — the high-speed Moscow-Beijing railway. "Moscow-Kazan HSR should be set up in such a way as to use this potential to the fullest," Oreshkin said.

Minister also noted that a program on raising private capital through an infrastructure mortgage would soon be presented. "We are moving away from financing the construction of infrastructure projects at the expense of budget funds in favor of raising private capital, which will be serviced and paid due to the resulting budgetary effects. Such kind of funding will extend for years," Oreshkin said.

Alexander Misharin, CEO of High-Speed Rail Lines pointed out the three key trends that have had a significant impact on the decision-making process: a significant turn towards the export traffic of goods, a significant increase in transit shipments on the route Asia-Europe and vice versa, as well as the need to ensure connection of territories with increasing agglomeration boundaries and transport "hourly" availability of territorial centers for passengers.

"The conditions for transit have changed significantly, the trade turnover between Europe and Asia has increased 1.5 times, and over the past seven years the volume of transit traffic has increased 10 times. We can reach the figure of 1 million containers from China to Europe by 2020," Misharin said. "Building a network of HSR in Russia is an effective way to bring the economy to the growth trajectory, to increase Russia's competitiveness in foreign markets, and this is a qualitatively new level of regional development," he concluded.

When asked about the choice of the rolling stock manufacturer, Alexander Misharin responded that the question remained open: the manufacturer would be selected based on the results of the tender.
"The most important thing is that today we can start producing high-speed rolling stock in Russia. It will be the rolling stock created with colleagues from China, Germany, but it will be produced in Russia," Misharin stressed. In addition, the project will require modernization, today the rails for HSR can be produced by Evraz Holding and the Chelyabinsk plant. There is a program of modernization of the construction industry regarding creating reinforced concrete structures for the production of elevated structures. Even 100 km of elevated rail lines and bridge structures is a very large order. All this is a serious challenge to domestic industry and science. "

He also reminded of the high readiness of the Moscow-Kazan HSR project. In June, Glavgosexpertiza of Russia issued a positive conclusion on the design documentation for Stage 3 and 4 of the construction of the Moscow-Vladimir-Nizhny Novgorod-Cheboksary-Kazan high-speed railway.
These stages include a set of works for the preparation of the territory and for the construction of a railway and associated construction sites of the section from Zheleznodorozhnaya station 23 km (Moscow region) to Vladimir HSR station (Vladimir region).

The length of the Moscow-Kazan HSR will be 790 km; the cruising speed of trains will be up to 360 km / h. The route will pass through the territory of seven regions of Russia (Moscow, Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod regions, the Republic of Chuvashia, the Republic of Mari El and the Republic of Tatarstan). The journey time from Moscow to Kazan along the new line will be 3 hours 17 minutes (instead of 14 hours now). It is planned to build 16 stations.

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