Thursday, March 18, 2010

Russian president signs decree on HSR transport

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree, entitled “On Measures to Develop High-Speed Railway Transport in Russia,” containing a range of directives for the Russian government on measures relating to technical recommendations for high speed rail services, safety requirements, mechanisms for allocating budget funds and obtaining non-budget funds, and also on corresponding staff training.

Russian Railways is identified as the exclusive ordering party in planning infrastructure for HSR. Russian Railways President VladimirYakunin has reported Medvedev on a proposed HSR service linking Moscow and St. Petersburg, the nation’s two largest cities.

Yakunin noted that the high-speed Sapsan trains, inoperation since December 17 between the two cities, are at 90%-to-100% of capacity. Russian Railways plans to add additional trainsets to bolster service frequency in the near future.

Said Yakunin in a statement,  “The signed decree will support Russian Railways in developing high-speed railway transport, which is one of the priority goals of the Strategy for Developing Rail Transport in the Russian Federation up to2030, and one of the most important aspects of the breakthrough development of Russia’s railway system. The provision of high-speed services in Russia will enable us to alter the entire national transport system, providing Russians with freedom of movement while minimizing travel times.

“Moreover, it will havea whole range of positive impacts on the social sphere, transport machinery  production, and other sectors, will enable new technology to be applied, and will boost the country’s international standing,” Yakunin said.