The Russian Government has secured RUB 6 billion (EUR 81.2 mln) in 2015 to design its planned high-speed railway between Moscow and Kazan.
Russian Railways (RZD) is planning to issue a tender in 2015 to select a partner to conduct surveying and project design work for the 770-kilometre Russian-gauge railway.
The route, which is expected to have a line speed of up to 400 km/h, will link Moscow, Nizhny, Novgorod and Kazan. In the future, the Russian government hopes the line will form part of a new high-speed rail corridor between Moscow, Astana, Kazakhstan, and Beijing, China.
„We still have to come to a complete agreement on this ambitious project. Nevertheless, we consider the first stage to be important for us. The new railway could reduce travel time between Moscow and Kazan by 75 percent. Foreign investors, including our Chinese partners, are extremely interested in this project. I’ve discussed this issue with top Government officials. Our task is to quickly conduct surveys, to draft project documentation and to clarify the project’s financial model. About six billion roubles’ worth of federal funding will be allocated for this purpose next year”, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.