Russia & China agree production of high-speed trains

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An agreement to produce high-speed trains has been signed between Russian and Chinese firms, RIA Novosti reports, citing a company statement.

The companies involved are Russian Railways, Russian investment company Sinara Group, China Railway, and the Chinese state owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC.

“The agreement envisages localization of production in Russia and a lifecycle service for high-speed trains,” the statement said.

Under the deal, a plant will be built in Russia to produce 100 trains capable of reaching speeds of more than 300 kilometers per hour.

The trains will be designed for the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway. In the future, the railway is planned to become part of a bigger project, the $100 billion high-speed railway connecting Moscow and Beijing.

The railway may also be connected to Beijing’s New Silk Road project, which will link China to markets in Europe and the Middle East.

The new 770 kilometers of track between Moscow and Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan, will go through seven regions of Russia.

Map showing route from Moscow to Kazan

It will have fifteen stops, including Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Cheboksary and Kazan. The journey from Moscow to Kazan which currently takes 12 hours will be reduced to just 3.5 hours.

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The project’s overall cost is expected to exceed $15 billion, and Beijing is ready to provide a $6 billion loan, according to Russian Railways.

China Daily has already reported Beijing is developing a new generation of high-speed trains for the Moscow-Kazan route.