Oleg Belozerov, the CEO of RZD said that the international transport corridors (ITCs) which pass through the CIS ‘should form the basis of a single Eurasian transport network for the 21st century,’ and the members of the Rail Transport Council need for the coordinated organisation of work and the development of interstate division points to increase traffic volumes.
The remark was made during the 70th meeting of the Council for Railway Transport of the Commonwealth Member States.
In 2018, region’s railway freight transport recorded a 1.5% increase to more than 2 billion tonnes, compered to previous year. In addition, in the first quarter of 2019, 495 million tonnes of freight were shipped, 0.4% more than during the same three months in 2018. At the same time, container transport continued to grow at an even faster pace, increasing by 12.8% in 2018 and by 15.5% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
In order to attract international freight transit to the transport network of the Commonwealth of Independent States, it was of great importance to develop common principles for the creation of through tariffs, which would in turn enable the development of logistics schemes for the provision of international transport at an accelerated pace, Belozerov explained.
According to estimations, the volume of transit container traffic may increase fourfold by 2025 compared to the level of 2017 when taking into account the strategic development plans of the main participants on the container market. In the future, the use of information technology may allow the synchronisation of rail traffic management on both the broad gauge 1520 mm space and the narrow 1435 mm tracks in Europe.