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JSC Russian Railways Completes Construction of Second Baikal Tunnel


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On 5 March, Oleg Belozyorov, general director and chairman of the board of JSC Russian Railways, took part in the Congress of the Union of Transport Workers of Russia. As part of the congress, the second Baikal tunnel was completed with President Vladimir Putin watching via satellite.


The second Baikal tunnel is the most important object of the BAM and Trans-Siberian modernization program. Tunnels are 6682 m of the total length. One and a half thousand people and more than 100 units of mining equipment, construction and road machines and vehicles took part in the project.

After the launch of the new tunnel, the throughput capacity of the site will increase 2.5 times (from 13.2 million to 32.4 million t of cargo per year), which will allow us to master additional and prospective transportation volumes of domestic industrial products. The new Baikal tunnel is one of the most important activities for the development of the eastern railways, which Russian Railways is carrying out on behalf of the Russian government.

The carrying capacity of a number of sections of the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian railways since the beginning of construction in 2013 has already grown by more than a third.

By 2020, the volume of traffic to the seaports and border crossings of the Far East will actually double from the level of 2012 (to 124.9 million t, 66.8 million t from 2012).

Since construction began, almost 4900 km of the railway line has been modernized; 30 stations, 21 outbound roads, 151 km of additional main roads, 36 traction substations, 55 small bridges and a large bridge across the Bureya River have been put into permanent operation; the Kiparisovsky and Obluchensky Tunnel has been reconstructed; and 24 residential houses for workers have been built.

A total of 299.3 billion rubles’ worth of work was completed in 2013-2017. At the same time, thanks to technical and technological solutions and a technological and price audit, Russian Railways managed to save 16.6 billion rubles.

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