Analytical Center expert Dmitri Chernenok told a Control Panel Magazine journalist about the effect that the construction of high speed rail lines is going to have on the country's economy.
Passengers are increasingly choosing land travel
The expert noted that a foundation had already been created for the development of high speed rail lines between major cities, which was cited as one of the goals in the Russian president's order No. 204 dated May 7, 2018 On the National Goals and Strategic Development Targets for the Russian Federation in the Period until 2024.
"Among all the measures of the Comprehensive Plan the high speed rail development projects are perhaps the grandest in scale. Since they cover very long distances, they make a great contribution to the economic development of the country not only while they are being built, a process which involves awarding big contracts to a broad range of companies from a variety of industries, but also later when they go into operation and begin to generate tangible socio-economic effects for the state and the population, ", - Mr Chernenok said. "People get access to a new type of service, the quality of transportation improves, new labor markets become accessible as now people will be able to travel to work over a wider area. And that in turn opens up more opportunities for the economy through higher productivity resulting from an influx of better qualified human resources."
Obviously, the development of high speed rail is going to make rail transport a tougher competitor for airlines, making trains a more attractive option to prospective passengers. "Looking at the Sapsan high speed train service between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, we can see that passengers are choosing trains more and more over air travel," - Mr Chernenok summed up.
Source: Pult Upravleniya
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