In March 2018 the Russian government has included the construction of the Ural High-Speed Railroad into the country’s plan of infrastructure development. It means the long preparations for the new high-speed line connecting the Urals’ two largest cities, Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk, get a tangible framework now.
The new rail connection will allow trains to run at speeds of up to 300 km/h and cut the journey time from the current 5 hours to 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The investment volume is estimated with 360 bn rubles (over $6.5 bn). The 209-km railroad should become operational by 2024.
The project should be realized with a Chinese partner. In June 2017 China Railway Group Ltd and Ural Highway signed a memorandum of understanding.
At the moment Moscow and St. Petersburg are linked by a high-speed train route.