A programme to increase capacity on the Trans-Siberian and Baikal – Amur Magistral routes is underway (Photo: RZD).

RUSSIA: A programme to increase capacity on the Trans-Siberian and Baikal – Amur Magistral routes is underway, to support the development of coal mines in the Zabaykalsky region as well as the growth in long-distance and transit freight traffic.

According to Russian Railways, capacity on the two routes has already been increased by around a third since 2013.

The programme has been allocated 100bn roubles of federal funding from the National Wealth Fund in 2017-18, as well as 50bn roubles from other sources. The Ministry of Transport and RZD expect to undertake a further 500bn roubles of work in 2019–23.

Tayshet station is being remodelled to increase capacity by 36% under a 8bn rouble project which is scheduled for completion in 2023. A 417 m long bridge built at a cost of 465m roubles over the River Lena near Ust-Kut 737 km east of Tayshet is scheduled to open this year, and the breakthrough is expected shortly for the 6 682 m Baikal Tunnel which SK Most is boring parallel to the existing tunnel 1 007 km east of Tayshet. Seven passing places have been provided on the 521 km Novy Urgal – Komsomolsk-na-Amure section, where Bamstroymehanizatsiya is rebuilding six stations and two bridges, doubling three sections of line and adding three crossing loops.

On the Trans-Siberian route, Bamstroymehanizatsiya has modernised 12 stations and three loops on the 354 km between Volochaevka and Komsomolsk-na-Amure.

In September the Khabarovsk regional parliament decided to seek government support for electrification of the Volochaevka – Komsomolsk-na-Amure – Vanino – Sovetksya Gavan line by 2030, which would further increase capacity between the Khabarovsk area and the ports of Vanino and Sovetskaya Gavan.

RouteSectionCapacity increase under current works, mptaTarget capacity for 2020, mtpa
BAM Tayshet – Tynda (2 348 km) 11·2 to 14·3 24·7
BAM Tynda – Novy Urgal - Komsomolsk-na-Amure (1 437 km) 13·8 to 23·2 24·6
BAM Komsomolsk-na-Amure – Vanino – Sovetskaya Gavan (468 km) 19·3 to 37·137·1
Trans-Siberian Tayshet – Bamovskaya (2 758 km) 68 to 88·8 98·5
Trans-SiberianBamovskaya – Volochaevka (1 201 km) 83·8 to 95·8 125·7
Trans-Siberian Volochaevka – Nakhodka 59·6 to 78·5 125·1