Information published on 21 June 2010 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 191.

Russia: Sapsan train service to start on Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod line on 30 July

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A high-speed train service will be introduced on the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod line on 30 July. By running Sapsan trains between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Railways is opening up the new high-speed route St Petersburg – Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod.

Railways is currently concluding work, which has been ongoing since 2006, to rebuild infrastructure on the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod line to enable high-speed services.

In reconstructing the Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod line, the following work was carried out:

  • tracks were developed at 17 stations;
  • around 33 km of main tracks and station tracks were laid;
  • electric signal boxes operating 269 track switches were modernized;
  • 27 artificial structures were rebuilt;
  • 139 km of overhead lines were re-installed;
  • 11 crossings were reconstructed, with the creation of new signal boxes;
  • 331 km of barriers were installed alongside the line.

In the past four years, Russian Railways has invested 9.49 billion rubles in the line’s reconstruction