On March 19, the Russian Government has approved RZD’s long-term investment programme until 2025. The total amount of RZD’s investment plan under the baseline scenario is RUB 4,671 billion (USD 72.4 billion). According to the programme, the total amount of the investment, including the private involvement, is RUB 8658 billion (USD 134 billion).
The optimistic scenario for 2019-2025 envisages the allocation of RUB 5,786.5 billion (USD 89.7 billion) and taking into account the funds from other investors, the investment value is estimated at RUB 9773.3 (USD 151.5 billion).
The strategy is based on the development of integrated services and container traffic and improvement the quality of freight and passenger transport between agglomerations. The strategy highlights the development of the high-speed railway network and conventional railway infrastructure.
The 2025 programme also envisages the acquisition of new rolling stock and the modernisation of the existing fleet, including traction units, as well as the implementation of the new technology to foster digital development.
It is planned to modernise and expand the trunk infrastructure, including the railway network in Azov-Black Sea basin and to develop the Baikal-Amur and Transsiberian railway lines to accommodate 180 million tonnes by 2024. For Baikal-Amur and Transsiberian modernisation, RUB 182.5 billion (USD 2.8 billion) are needed to be invested until 2025.
The projects should support the increase of container transport by four times, including reducing the time for container transport by rail, in particular, from the Far East to Russia’s western border to seven days.
On passenger segment, by implementing the needed projects, RZD expects to increase the rail market share, providing improved connections, modern and comfortable services.