The Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov told about the preparation of transport provision for the FIFA World Cup 2018
On December 14, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maxim Sokolov told about the preparation of transport provision for the FIFA 2018 FIFA World Cup at a meeting of the Federation Council Committee on Regulations and Organization of Parliamentary Activities.
Mr. Sokolov noted that the championship is not only a whole month of sports festival, but also a powerful stimulus for the development of infrastructure and technologies for the entire country, and for each of the 11 cities of the Russian Federation that host matches. Taking into consideration the scale of the event, the preparation of transport infrastructure is one of the key tasks.
Subprogram "Construction and reconstruction of transport infrastructure" of the Program for the preparation of the championship is one of the most ambitious projects, both in terms of the number of projects and in terms of funding. The Subprogram includes 42 projects, for which 335 billion rubles are allocated, of which half are non-budget sources. According to the Minister, by now, 15 projects of the Subprogram are fully implemented.
Airports are the first thing that most of the guests and participants of the championship will see when they arrive in Russia. 10 out of 28 facilities of the Subprogram for the preparation of airport infrastructure have already been commissioned: new terminals accept passengers at the airports of St. Petersburg, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod; Koltsovo terminal in Ekaterinburg is modernized; Vnukovo infrastructure is updated; the first launch complex of the airport "Khrabrovo" in Kaliningrad is introduced. The works on equipping and upgrading the checkpoints at the airports of the host cities are being completed.
This month, a significant event has taken place - the opening of the new modern airport "Platov" in Rostov-on-Don. Since December 7, all flights to Rostov and from Rostov-on-Don have been transferred to a new hub. Annually, the airport will be able to receive about 5.5 million passengers. The installed capacity of the airport for the period of the Championship is 1690 passengers per hour.
In general, M. Sokolov believes, airports are actively preparing for operating activities in the conditions of increased passenger traffic generated by the championship. Including the increasing number of staff. Moreover, the work with air carriers on order to increase the number of flights to the host-city is being done.
Of the 12 projects on construction and reconstruction of the street-road network 5 have been completed. Two of them are in Saransk: a new road junction and the road was reconstructed. Both facilities provide transport access to the airport of the Republic of Mordovia. The road from Kaliningrad to the border with the Republic of Poland was reconstructed; in Rostov-on-Don two roads were built; a highway connecting the new airport Platov and the Don highway, as well as the main street providing access to the stadium.
In addition, as a part of the development of the street-road network in St. Petersburg for the Confederations Cup a “green light” was given to the traffic at the junction at the intersection of Pulkovskoye Highway with the Danube Avenue, which provides access to the Pulkovo Airport.
In two host-cities, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, new metro stations are being built, they will be located within walking distance of the stadiums.
“In general, the readiness of the transport infrastructure of the Russian Federation for the championship is ready beyond doubt” said Mr. Sokolov. He particularly noted the fact that the Russian Federation for the first time in the history of the championships had given a governmental guarantee to provide fans the right of free travel between the host-cities. Also, free travel will be provided in the host-cities on the days of the matches on specially designated routes.
During the championship the plan is to delpoy over 700 trains with a total capacity of more than 400,000 seats, which will be available to fans and media representatives. To make it as easy as possible for the spectators to get to the venue of the matches, the plan is to include additional stops in large Russian cities along the route of the free trains.
31 railway stations will be used for transport service of the championship’s spectators. As a part of the investment programs of JSC «Russian Railways», the modernization of 18 stations has already been completed, the remaining 13 stations will have been modernized by March 2018.
The train schedule is synchronized with the time of the matches: the trains will arrive on the day of the match, on the eve or a few hours before the match and depart not less than 4 hours after the end of the match."The entire transport infrastructure that is being built for the championship, the entire new rolling stock, all technological developments will remain after the championship” said M.Sokolov, “This heritage will serve for all the citizens for many years, they will get modern, high-quality and safe transport services. Moreover, the Russian regions and the country will have a stable potential for strengthening domestic ties and economic development, including the development of the tourism industry. "