Russian Railways, JSC Sinara Group, Ural Locomotives LLC and Siemens Mobility have concluded an agreement of intent that will contribute to the development of high-speed rail transport in Russia.
The document was signed by Dmitry Pegov, Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways, Alexander Liberov, President of Siemens in Russia, Dmitry Pumpyansky, President of the Sinara Group, and Oleg Spai, Managing Director of Ural Locomotives.
The partners plan to assess jointly the market demand in Russia for high-speed electric trains to serve passengers on new high-speed railway lines which the Russian Federation intends to build in the coming years.
The overall goal is to develop a technical and commercial proposal for these trains and to create conditions for the production of high-speed trains by the Russian manufacturer Ural Locomotives in Russia for the local market and with a localisation level of at least 80%.
“Russian Railways annually increases its investments in infrastructure development and renewal of the rolling stock in order to improve the quality of its passenger services. I am sure that its technological base, technological capacities and experience will allow Ural Locomotives to carrying out the domestic production of innovative high-speed rolling stock that meets the highest passenger requirements,” said Dmitry Pegov.
“We all share a common goal and believe that the production of innovative high-speed electric trains should be carried out in the Russian Federation as much as possible. We hope that this signed agreement of intent will help create a new generation of railway transport at Russian facilities for the benefit of Russian passengers,” said Alexander Liberov.
Russian Railways (RZD) has ordered 13 high-speed Velaro RUS trains from Siemens Mobility and Ural Locomotives, a joint venture of the Sinara Group and Siemens AG. The order has a volume of around €1.1 billion.