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FS strengthens the collaboration with RZD to link Italy and Russia with China

May 09, 2020


Abstract : In the midst of the COVID-19 health emergency, FerroviedelloStato strengthens its collaboration with the Russian RZD in order to boost new bilateral links from and to China.

MILAN, May 7 (Class Editori) -- In the midst of the COVID-19 health emergency, FerroviedelloStato strengthens its collaboration with the Russian RZD in order to boost new bilateral links from and to China.

The agreement signed at the end of April by the Ministries for Transport of the two countries is going in this direction, with the aim of "strengthening the efforts and increasing the role of the railway system for the transportation of goods addressed to industrial activities, therefore supporting medium- and large-scale distribution, with a particular focus on primary needs goods."

On last February 20, during the last joint meeting of the bilateral working group attended by the subsidiaries FS International, ItalferrandMercitalia as well, forms and areas of intervention for the development of freight traffic and logistics between Italy and Russia have been identified, both as departure and destination places and gateway from and to China, through the itineraries of the Belt and Road Initiative.

This project follows the line of the memorandum of understandings signed in 2016 and 2018, whose objectives included the intention to cooperate in the context of third countries.

These activities have been added to the already active cooperation. FS, thanks to Italferr, is contributing to the development and upgrade of the Serbian railway infrastructure. Meanwhile, throughItalferr and Italcertifer, the group is about to start further collaborations in order to develop new "Dedicated Super Speed Routes" in Russia.

This year, always along the Belt and Road Initiative routes and through Italferr, the group is aiming at a reinforcement in Uzbekistan,which includes the extremely competitive participation in some initiatives financed or co-financed by the Asian Development Bank. This is the Karakalpakstan Road Project (A380 Kungrad to Daut-Ata Section) for the electrification of the line Pap-Kokhand-Andijaneand the rail corridor Bukhara–Miskin–Urgench–Khiva Railway; these projects are also on the table of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,for a co-financing of about 105 million U.S. dollars. 

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