The Russian Investment Agency "Invest in Russia" and JSC «High-Speed Rail Lines» signed the Memorandum on Joint Cooperation. The objective of the Parties is attraction of financial resources from institutional and private investors, investment funds and banks for the implementation of construction of the Moscow – Kazan High-Speed Railway Line
Construction of High-Speed Railway Lines (this is about the railroad line on which passenger trains are running at speeds over 200 km / h along the entire length or at selected sites ) became a "hallmark" of developed countries around the world over the last years. High-Speed Railway Lines are the source of pride as the success in space or in research of nuclear power. They take part in regeneration ofscientific and technical potential of the country, and help to develop economy and tourism .
High-Speed Railway Lines first emerged in Europe and Japan, and then came in to America, Asia, and even Africa.
That is why all highly-developed countries in the times of crisis, addressed their HSRprojects of high-speed network seriously as a lever, to raise country's image and economy, and became a symbol of the economic growth.
"The development of high-speed transport is one of the promising directions of development of the country, - President of the Russian Investment Agency Yury V. Spiridonov said - Today, in the conditions of global competitiveness the winner is the one who knows how to create the most favorable conditions for both residents and businesses. In this regard, the improvement of railway transportation is a serious contribution to the strengthening of the competitive position of territories".
Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Y. Sokolov noted the importance of the economic and social effects that the High-Speed Railway Line "Moscow-Kazan" will bring: «The completion of the HSR will create new conditions for the development of tourism ,and new quality of life in the regions."
For the first time a regular high-speed train traffic began in 1964 in Japan. In 1981, the HSR was created in France, and soon the most part of Western Europe, including even United Kingdom, were combined into a single high-speed rail network.
Modern high-speed trains move at a speed of about 350-400 km/h, and in the testing run at speeds of 560-580 km/h.
They provide serious competition to other modes types of transport due to the fast service and high-speed , while keeping low cost-price of transportation with a large volume of passenger traffic.
Concept of "High-Speed Ground Transportation" or (as well as) "very high speed train”) is relative and may be different across countries and historical periods.
In the beginning of the XX century trains were called high-speed which were traveling at speeds higher than 95-100 mph (150-160 km/h).
This plank is gradually raised in connection with the further increasing speed of trains. Currently, for example high-speed trains is the trains that reach speeds of 200 km/h in Russia and France (on conventional lines), also 250 km/h in Japan, as well as in France (but for specialized lines), 120 mph (about 190 km/h) in USA etc.
«I'm sure that this step will lay the groundwork for the development of regions for generations to come, – said CEO of the JSC «High-Speed Rail Lines» Alexander Misharin. – HSR will contribute to the creation of Russian high-tech products, which will have demand in the market immediately. We won't substitute imports, we'll have our own product!"
The first phase of the High-Speed Railway Lines in the Russian Federation will be the construction of the Moscow — Kazan HSR-2 line , which will include 7 constituent entities of the Russian Federation’s territory: Moscow and Moscow Region, Vladimir and Nizhny Novgorod Region,, Chuvash Republic, Mari El Republic and Republic of Tatarstan. Further development of the High-Speed Railway Line includes its extension to Yekaterinburg.
With the start of the line the travel time between Moscow and Kazan will be reduced by 4 times: from the current 14 hours (on the existing railway infrastructure) down to 3.5 hours, and the travel time between Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan will be reduced by 7 times from 10 hours 32 mins to 1 hours 37 min. HSR Moscow — Kazan will enhance the interconnection of Russian territories and increase the mobility of the population, and the average journey time will be 1 hour between the capitals of the Regions.
Main characteristics of the project HSR Moscow - Kazan:
- length of the route - 770 km;
- journey time — 3 hours 30 min.;
- the maximum speed up to 400 km/h;
- track gauge — 1520 mm;
- implementation scheme of PPP. (Public Private Partnership)
JSC «High-Speed Rail Lines»