The Government of Russia will allocate Russian Railways (RZD) from the 2015 federal budget an amount of RUB 6 billion for the engineering, survey work and the development of project documentation for the construction of Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan high-speed railway line. Next year a tender for the selection of a contractor will be organised, informed RZD.
“As a result of this project, journey time between Moscow and Kazan will be reduced by four times,” stated Prime Minister Dmitry. “Foreign investors have shown great interest in the project, including our Chinese partners. The objective is to quickly conduct engineering surveys, develop project documentation and to decide on the financial model of the project”, he added.
The 770 km long high-speed railway with will allow speeds of 200–400 km/h and will pass through seven Russian regions and will have 15 stations, of which five in the large cities of Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary and Kazan.
On the 19th of December the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation has agreed a new set of 15 special technical regulations for the design and construction of Moscow-Kazan HSL. These are in compliance with the safety requirements of the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union (CU), including the technical regulations “On the safety of high-speed railway transport” (TR CU 002/2011).
Photo: Unece RZD presentation, 2013