On August 29th, a Russian/Korean seminar took place in Moscow covering ‘the possibilities for cooperation in the realisation of high speed rail projects in Russia’.
The seminar was attended by RZD’s president Vladimir Yakunin and representatives of railway companies in South Korea and Russia, as well as South Korean businessmen and financiers.
“In order to create a modern high speed network based on the most advanced technologies and technological advances, we are actively studying the international experience of railway networks that operate high-speed lines in Europe and Asia.
“The Republic of Korea has such experience, both in the design and construction of high speed lines, and in the manufacturing of rolling stock, signaling systems and controls,” said Vladimir Yakunin.
RZD’s president noted that the implementation of a high speed rail network in Russia doesn’t merely represent a formidable business project, and that it is a crucial element of state policy with respect to innovation and socio-economics.
According to Vladimir Yakunin, the pilot project would be the creation of a dedicated high speed main line between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, a concept which was developed by JSC RZD’s subsidiary, OJSC Skorostniy Magistrali.
The company will solicit international bids when it chooses a contractor to construct this high-speed main line.
The main objective of the development of high speed rail is to improve the transport links between major cities and regions of the country.
This will improve the population’s access to transportation, and improve the quality of services offered to passengers.
The construction of a network of high-speed main rail lines will provide high mobility via a safe, convenient means of transportation that can operate independently of weather conditions.
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