According to the group, the future line should be put into service in 2028. The very high speed trains – of German-Russian construction – which will use it will run at 360 km / h on average.
Siemens is developing new trains with Russian railways to link Moscow to St. Petersburg in 2:30, a German group official said on Monday. “It is a high-speed train which will circulate (…) from 2028, at an average speed of 360 km / h,” said, quoted by the official TASS agency, Alexander Liberov, head of Siemens Russia.
According to information previously released by RZD, Russian Railways, these new trains will cover the approximately 700 km that separate the two main Russian cities at speeds of up to 400 km / h. The fastest train between Moscow and St. Petersburg currently takes just under 4 hours, and it is one of the busiest lines in the country. The arrival points in Moscow and St. Petersburg of the new high-speed line should be ready by 2024.
Alexander Liberov said the trains would be produced by the Ural Locomotives plant – a joint venture between Siemens and Russian group Sinara – near Yekateringburg in the Urals.
An unrivaled railway network
In recent years, Russia has acquired modern and reputedly very reliable trains, such as the “Sapsan” between Moscow and Saint Petersburg or three “Aeroexpress” connecting downtown Moscow to the city’s three airports. But if most of the investments are concentrated in the European part of Russia, the immense country has an unparalleled rail network, which RZD is striving to modernize.