In 2019, more than 114 million tonnes of freight had been transported on the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian lines, in the Far East, nearly twice the volume of the 58.1 million tonnes transported in 2012. RZD says that is has already reached the target to increase the rail capacity in the Far East to 55 million tonnes of freight above the level of 2012.
As the company is implementinf modernisation programme for the two main lines, in 2020 it is expected to transport up to 124.9 million tonnes of freight to the Far East and thus reach the maximum set increase to 66.8 million tonnes.
In 2013, Russian Railways has been implementing a set of priority measures to develop the railway infrastructure in the Far East in order to eliminate bottlenecks on the railways of the Trans-Baikal region and the Far East to ensure additional freight transport capacity for Russian companies.
Last year, 49.5 km of second tracks and 50.9 km of station tracks were laid, more than 180 switching points installed, 5 traction substations and one sectioning point on the contact network retrofitted and upgraded. Three locomotive facilities on the Far Eastern Railways were constructed constructed and reconstructed. Further, five railway bridges were commissioned, including the bridge crossing over the river Seea, as well as the Vladivostok Tunnel. Two residential houses for workers were built at Smolyaninovo and Volochayevka stations.