China will complete Moscow-Kazan High Speed Rail by 2018 and will increase speed on 9 Indian rail lines to 100 mph

In a boost to Beijing’s bid to improve connectivity with Russia and Europe, China Railway Group Limited announced on Wednesday that one of its subsidiaries has won the $390 million Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail contract together with two Russian companies.

The China-led consortium will jointly conduct surveying, regional development planning and design for the project between 2015 and 2016.

The high-speed railway linking Moscow and Kazan, capital of Tatarstan Republic, is scheduled to open in 2018 before the Russia FIFA World Cup.

Travel will be shortened from the current 14 hours to 3.5 hours.

China has a high speed rail deal with India as well

India and China today agreed to enhance cooperation in the rail sector as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang chalked out an action plan for progress on various projects, including for raising train speeds to up to 160-kmph on existing routes.

Training for handling heavy haul operations and assistance in the setting up of a railway university, too, were in the focus during discussions between the two leaders in Chinese capital Beijing, rail officials said here.

Railways had identified nine routes, including Delhi-Agra and Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore, for running trains at an increased speed of 160-kmph [100 mph]. Railways is keen to raise train speeds on the existing lines with an upgrade of the signalling system and strengthening of tracks.

SOURCES – Business Standard, The BRICS Post