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Modernization plan of BAM and Trans-Siberian railways has been approved

Modernization plan of BAM and Trans-Siberian railways has been approved

The government committee on transport has approved the plan on modernization of railway infrastructure of Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) and Trans-Siberian Railway. According to the government statement, it is planned to improve an access and carrying capacity of the railways.

During the session, government committee has discussed and signed range of procedures included in the "Development of the railway infrastructure of Moscow transportation hub in 2012-2020 and for the period till 2025" project.

Modernization of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in contemporary history of Russian Federation. Modernization costs were estimated to be 562,4 milliard rubles. Out of which 302,2 milliard should have been invested by Russian Railways, and 260 milliard should have been contributed by government. Nonetheless, in August 2015, Oleg Belozerov, who has been in charge of Russian Railways, has mentioned that there is an ongoing work over optimization of the modernization costs, and the final amount might be significantly lower than the proposed 562 milliard rubles.

In may 2015, government committee on transport has accepted the program of integrated development of the Moscow transportation hub infrastructure. The documents were prepared with the joint efforts of Russian Railways and Moscow government. The project consists of two parts and includes reconstruction of the Smaller and Bigger Rings of Moscow Railways, as well as construction of new railways on radial directions.

It is planned to open The Smaller Ring of Moscow Railways already by the end of 2016. The Smaller Ring will include 31 stations with the function of transport interchange. Each station will have connection with public surface transport. The operation of 100 pairs of trains will be possible on the renovated lines, and the time interval between the trains during rush hours will be shortened to 6 minutes. It is estimated that during the first year of exploitation of Smaller Ring of Moscow Railways the passenger traffic will amount to 75 million, and by 2025 it might grow up to 300 million people per year. 

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