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22 july

On July 22 a panel session of the Science and Engineering Board of RZD JSC was held, during which the main options of HSL tracks laying locations have been approved

During the panel session of the Science and Technical Board of RZD JSC chaired by the President of RZD JSC Vladimir Yakunin and dedicated to the approval of the locations of the HSL-2 'Moscow-Kazan-Yekaterinburg' and HSL-3 (Center-South) 'Moscow-Rostov-on-Don-Adler' tracks, the main track laying location options have been approved. "We are now facing the pre-design stage of the project. It has been decided that it will be an express line running from Moscow through Kazan, with extension to Yekaterinburg in the future, and the line Moscow — Rostov-on-Don — Adler. These directions have been chosen as being of high priority for the state. All the benefits and risks of the project implementation are known", said V. I.  Yakunin.

Alexander Misharin, Director General of "Skorostnye Magistrali" JSC, advised that under the Pre-investment Feasibility Study for the construction of high-speed links some 50 track running options were considered, of which two primary options have been selected. In his report Mr. Vladimir Chernakov, Director General of Lengiprotrans JSC announced the core results of the laying-out. The 1532-kilometer long HSL-2 link will run across the territory of ten constituent entities of Russian federation, across large federal cities: Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary, Kazan, Yekaterinburg. Besides, the project provides for setting up stations in such cities as Noginsk, Orekhovo-Zuevo, Kovrov, Gorokhovets, Dzerzhinsk, Elabuga, Pervouralsk.  The length of the Center-South HSL link will be 1540 km, the duration of travel between Moscow and Adler will be 8 hours. Based on the technical and economic indicators, as well as the maximum expected passenger traffic, the direction running through Tula, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Tuapse has been selected (a total of 33 million and 400,000 people reside in the track location area).

The acting Vice-Mayor of Moscow in charge of transportation and development of the road and transport infrastructure of  the city of Moscow, Mr. Maxim Liksutov, stated that "the deficit of the existing infrastructure along the chords of the Kursk and Gorkov directions is estimated at around 45%". According to him, creation of dedicated links for high-speed rail service will facilitate in resolving the overload issue on these directions.
The First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of State Duma of the Russian Federation in charge of property Mr. Valery Seleznev stated that hearings dedicated to the budgeting for 2014-2016 will be held in the nearest future in the State Duma. In this regard he suggested that the process of submitting the budget requests for the HSL should be accelerated. In addition, Valery Seleznev proposed to establish an inter-fractional working group at the State Duma for the purpose of promotion of state initiatives required for the implementation of the HSL projects.

The regions will make their contributions to implementation of the HSL projects: Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Chuvash Republic Mikhail Yankovsky confirmed the willingness of the Republic to ensure future integration of the HSL station with the existing transportation system of the city of Cheboksary, and the Governor of Sverdlovsk Region Evgeny Kuivashev reported that he will take on resolution of all issues related to the land for implementation of the HSL-2 project.

Alexander Misharin advised that a draft law is currently under development, that will regulate the tax and land relations arising in the course of implementation of HSL projects. This draft law may be submitted to the State Duma already at the autumn session. In his speech Mr. Misharin also thanked the heads of the regions for setting up dedicated work groups that took active part in developing solutions in relation with selecting the HSL tracks layouts. He emphasized that a possibility to reserve the lands for a 5-year term is currently studied on the basis of those workgroups.


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