State approval for Moscow-Kazan high-speed line designs

A Russian high-speed train. Credit: Ortodox/Shutterstock.
A Russian high-speed train. Credit: Ortodox/Shutterstock.

Russia’s state review board, Glavgosexpertiza, has approved designs for the third and fourth stages of the construction of the Moscow to Kazan high-speed line.

The designs cover the preparatory work, construction of the railway as well as associated construction work from Zheleznodorozhnaya station, in the Moscow region, to the Vladimir High-Speed railway station, in the Vladimir region.

This 172km section will include three stations in-between: Noginsk, Orekhovo, and Petushki.

Along the section, 151 structures have also been designed, including 26 large and medium bridges, 10 overpasses and eight overpasses.

The estimated travel time between Moscow and Vladimir, including stops, will be 56 minutes, with trains travelling at speeds of up to 400km/h.

By 2035, average passenger traffic between Moscow and Vladimir will be 50 pairs of trains per day, according to Russian Railways, and the estimated number of passengers carried will be about 20 million people.

The design was completed by a Russian-Chinese consortium commissioned by JSC High-Speed Railways, a subsidiary of Russian Railways.

The length of the full line is 762km. Travel time from Moscow to Kazan on the new line will be 3.5 hours, shorter than the current 14 hour journey time.

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