OJSC High Speed Lines, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, and a consortium formed of Mosgiprotrans, Nizhegorodmetroproekt and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd, have signed the 20 billion roubles contract for the development of the design documentation for the construction of Moscow – Kazan section, of Moscow – Kazan – Yekaterinburg high-speed railway line. The contract is to be completed during 2015-2016.
The signing ceremony took place in St. Petersburg in the framework of the 2nd session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Chinese commission on investment cooperation.
During the contract’s performance, complex engineering survey will be carried out on the Moscow – Vladimir – Nizhny Novgorod – Cheboksary – Kazan line, the draft plan and the draft land survey prepared and approved, and the project documentation with the construction phases developed.
In line with the established procedure, the developed project documentation will then be subjected to approval by the Federal Autonomous Establishment State Expert Evaluation Department of the Russian Federation, as well as financial and technical audit.
The distribution of work and responsibilities within the consortium will be conducted taking into account the strengths and experience of each of the participants with regard to the design of large-scale transport projects, in particular of high-speed railway lines.
Engineering surveys along the whole Moscow – Kazan stretch will be done by the Russian participants in the consortium, while it is planned that the Chinese side will act as consultants to support the survey work, in particular the optimisation of track design for compliance with the required specifications on passengers safety and comfort and participation in designing the most critical infrastructure subsystems and their elements.