Russian Railways’ Board of Directors has approved the updated version of high-speed rail development program until 2030, informs Vedomosti. The RUB 5 trillion program includes the construction of Moscow – Kazan – Yekaterinburg, Moscow – Adler and Moscow – St. Petersburg high-speed lines, as well as other high-speed lines connecting regional cities.
The construction program is divided into three stages. Until 2020 Russian Railways plans to put into operation the high-speed rail sections linking Moscow – Kazan (RUB 1.2 trillion), Moscow – Tula (RUB 268.6 billion), Chelyabinsk – Yekaterinburg (RUB 122.6 billion), and Tula – Belgorod (RUB 86.8 billion rubles.), Yekaterinburg – Nizhny Tagil (RUB 12.9 billion) and Novosibirsk – Barnaul (RUB 62.3 billion). The project design of the largest container port in Ust-Luga for reception and distribution of containerized freight on China – Europe route is also part of the program.
Between 2021-2025 Russian Railways plans to build Rostov – Krasnodar – Adler, Tula – Voronezha high-speed rail and the extension of Kazan- Yelabuga high-speed rail , as well as other regional high-speed rail links.
During the 2026-2030 third phase of the program Russian Railways will build Moscow – St. Petersburg high-speed rail section, the railway line will be extended from Elabuga to Yekaterinburg, and from Voronezh to Rostov-on-Don.