Trains to take off, or 12 billion for the production of high-speed trains in Russia
Cyclolettes first! We have dedicated one of our previous publications to them. Now it's time to talk about trains. The fact is that the Ural Locomotives plant is launching Sapsans into production. Their speed is 360 km / h. Let's figure out what the project is and what it will give the country.
Where and why is the fast train rushing
Russian Railways will receive 42 new-type high-speed trains at its disposal. This is Sapsan-2. They are developed and delivered by Uralskie Lokomotivy LLC, a joint plant of Siemens and Sinara Group. It is known that the project will require at least 12 billion rubles. At the same time, the first Sapsan-2, according to the plan, will appear already in 2023. And in 2025 they will be put into operation.
They will launch "Sapsan-2" in the direction "Moscow - St. Petersburg" and back. Russian Railways is already using high-speed trains for transportation on this route. Later on high-speed lines new trains will "fly" from Moscow to Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and back.
Fantastic journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow
Time will help to assess the significance of the new project for Russian railways. And it will be halved for passengers traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back. This route is still used by "Sapsans". Here are just "Sapsans-2" will move between the capitals in just 2 hours.
What how much
According to the estimates of the employees of Russian Railways, the money for the construction of Sapsanov-2 will return by 2037. At the same time, they do not plan to increase the cost of the trip. It will remain the same as in the case of traveling on the Sapsan. So, for an economy class ticket, a passenger will pay about 3,500 rubles.
It's not about money
But the question is not only about payback. Here is how Mikhail Blinkin, Director of the Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy at the Higher School of Economics, spoke about the significance of the new project for Russia:
“There is an opinion that rail transportation will either go to the high-speed segment, or give way to buses, cars, planes. The appearance of the country's first high-speed highway is a powerful impetus for the development of transport engineering".
In other words, it is more important not that Sapsans-2 will reduce travel time, but that they are the result of modern technologies that are already available to the inhabitants of Japan, China and Europe.
And to close the question of the need for new trains for Russia, let us turn to the statistics. According to travel services, every fifth traveler on a long trip chooses a train. At the same time, Sapsans transported 5.7 million passengers in Russia in 2019, even overtaking aviation.