Russian Railways has begun providing long-distance train transportation free of charge to fans of the FIFA-2017 Confederations Cup.
On 15 June 2017, the Company laid on two trains to carry fans to their matches and 9 more trains on 16 June. In order to provide transport support during the upcoming competitions to be held in 2017 and 2018, Russian Railways, together with ANO Transport Directorate-2018, developed and approved a passenger train timetable for the period of the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup.
In accordance with this timetable, the Company will run 262 additional trains on 6 routes between the competition’s four host cities and transport fans free of charge from 15 June to 4 July 2017.
Trains will consist of compartment cars and a dining car, while the staff car will have a special compartment for low-mobility citizens. Double-decker carriages will run on some routes.
Compartment carriages built in the last few years are equipped with environmentally-friendly bio-toilet complexes and air conditioning systems.
The RZD Holding has also accelerated a number of day and night trains running between the cities participating in the competitions and in addition undertaken special preparations at 23 railway stations in four Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan. In addition, it has adapted other passenger infrastructure.
As agreed with Russia’s government authorities, security measures are also being strengthened at the stations. All departing passengers pass through metal detector frames, and all pieces of luggage are checked by X-ray inspection.
The technical equipment for ensuring transport safety has been completely modernised. 200 X-ray devices for baggage inspection, 400 metal detectors, 120 radiation detection devices and a new generation of video surveillance have been installed.
In total, about 4,500 CCTV cameras monitor 23 stations.
Comprehensive information support will be provided to international visitors at the stations. Direction navigation signs have been translated into English and all messages broadcast on the PA system will be bilingual.
Volunteers with a knowledge of English will help fans orient themselves at the stations and on the city square. On match days, more than 340 volunteers will be on duty.
In addition, there is a barrier-free environment for the movement of low-mobility groups of people on the territory of all the station complexes. Ramps, elevators and special lifts have been installed and convenient ticket offices set up.
There are also special recreation areas and sanitary rooms. Bright yellow tactile tiles help guide visually impaired passengers. Additional qualified assistance is provided to people with disabilities.
The personnel of the station complexes have undergone intensive training to work with increased volumes of passengers and with foreign fan groups and low-mobility passengers.