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Results of the Third Day of the Forum and Exhibition Transport of Russia.

On December 2, the Tenth Anniversary International Forum and Exhibition Transport of Russia in Moscow hosted a presentation about Moscow-Kazan high-speed network.

During the presentation, Maksim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, noted that the implementation of the HSN construction project will eliminate bottlenecks of our transport system by switching a part of long-distance passenger traffic from existing lines to the new high-speed ones. “Thus, we will be able to use more branch lines for cargo traffic and overcome some economic limitations”, the Minister said.

Aleksandr Misharin, First Vice-President of JSC RZD, noted that production localization will be approximately 85%. Answering the question about the reasons for constructing the first part of the high-speed line in Russia between Moscow and Kazan, he said: “About 30 million people live on the territory between Moscow and Kazan. This is one of the most densely populated areas in the European part of the country. This project gives a significant advantage for the developments of the territory. I mean not only Moscow and Kazan, for there will be 16 stop-overs in different cities along the route”.

In conclusion, Aleksandr Misharin told about the company’s plans to create a global transport corridor between Europe and Asia, and Moscow-Kazan HSN is the first stage of the project. The corridor will connect Euro Carex Co network and China railway network. Thus, that will create a single traffic artery and improve transport accessibility for residents of the two continents.

Industry conference Platon system one year after: preliminary results and future development discussed current statistics and the results of charging control and supervisory activities. Anton Zamkov, CEO of RT-Invest Transport Systems, informed that even 12 month after the launch of Platon system, owners of 200,000 trucks still avoid registration. “It is time to stop persuading and start tightening the screws”. However, 95% of major Russian carriers have registered in the system.

According to Igor Starygin, CEO of Russian Association of Regional (State) Road Administrations (RADOR), the fears that some carriers would try to minimize costs by looking for bypasses through regional roads proved true. The situation is evident in the regions with a developed road network, like Krasnodar, Leningrad and Saratov regions. In that connection, Igor Starygin proposed to discuss the mechanisms of road tolls for trucks both on Federal and regional routs.

Another event of the conference was the Fourth Transport Education Forum with University 3.0. The New Formula of Integration for Science, Technology, Education and Entrepreneurship as the key topic.

It was attended by rectors and students of transport universities, representatives of financial and social organizations and foreign guests.

In his introductory remarks, Maksim Sokolov stressed that the development of transport education is the call of the times. There is the need in transport industry personnel, able to implement the transport strategy worked out up to the year 2030. For this purpose, considerable work has been done.

Thus, the Government received a set of documents on the establishment of the Russian Transport University on the basis of Moscow State University of Railway Engineering of Emperor Nicholas II. According to the Minister, Russian Transport University will create new training programmes in the field of intermodal and general transportation and develop transportation construction programmes.

Moreover, the concept of transport education development up to year 2030 has been worked out. A draft document was supported by the Coordinating Council, the working group of the Public Council of the Ministry of Transportation and by the Presidium of the Union of Russian Transport Industry Workers. The need to develop the Concept was confirmed by leading employers of the industry.

Transport education forum included a number of youth events. They were Creativity Festival TranspArt and All-Russian Spartakiada Games for transport universities students, as well as Young Transport Sector Scientist competition and the Best Student Research contest. More than 2,000 students were involved in these events this year.

Business programme of the third day of the conference also included a round table discussion on the Impact of Transport Cohesion on Economic Growth and Transport Projects Financing Mechanisms and an industry conference Improvement of Road Industry Pricing and Solution to Current Problems.

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