The updates to the Russian High-Speed and Ultra High-Speed Lines Programme until 2036 continue into 2021. The Programme is scheduled for approval in 2021. It defines the procedure for implementing 15 high-speed and ultra high-speed railway projects until 2036, creating a high-speed and ultra high-speed rail infrastructure framework, and consolidating key centres of economic growth in Russia into a single network.
Ultra High-Speed Line 1: Moscow–St Petersburg
In 2020, the Company started engineering surveys and developed area planning and design documents to build the Moscow–St Petersburg ultra high-speed line Pursuant to Russian President’s Instruction No. Pr 623 dated 10 April 2019. . The railway line will run through 6 constituent entities of the Russian Federation: federal cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, and Leningrad, Novgorod, Tver and Moscow regions. The ultra high-speed line will serve an area with nearly 30 million residents.
The length of the railway line (including the upgraded existing infrastructure sections on the approaches to Moscow and St Petersburg) will be about 679 km. The travel time between Moscow and St Petersburg will be reduced by 1.7 times (to 2 h 15 min – 2 h 19 min).