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Head of Karelia and Chief of Oktyabrskaya Railway have discussed further cooperation

Alexander Khudilainen

Alexander Khudilainen

On January, 26 Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen and Chief of Oktyabrskaya Railway Oleg Valinsky appointed to the position last October have held a meeting in Sortavala to discuss further cooperation between the republic and the carrier. Matters concerned the RZD's participation in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the region, options of enhancement of the company's investment program in Karelia and development of border railway infrastructure, acceleration of traffic schedule of some trains, communication between Petrozavodsk and Kostomuksha.

The Agreement between the Government of Karelia and Oktyabrskaya Railway, branch of RZD JSC, on cooperation in the sphere of railway transport was concluded in June of 2012. It stipulates coordinated activities at solution of top-priority tasks of social and economic development of the republic, strengthening of its economic and industrial prospects, improvement of vehicular mobility in order to satisfy the needs for transportation of goods and passengers within the territory of the region.

Igor Zhadanovsky and Oleg Telnov

Igor Zhadanovsky and Oleg Telnov

Alexander Khudilainen has congratulated Oleg Valinsky on the appointment and has thanked the management of Oktyabrskaya Railway for cooperation, having mentioned that today it is possible to provide many positive examples of teamwork. In particular, thanks to the understanding on the part of the company the time of travelling by train between Petrozavodsk and Moscow, and between Petrozavodsk and St.Petersburg was reduced, a new Lastochka high-speed comfortable train was launched. Another example is solution of issues concerning technical support of investment projects launched within the territory of Karelia, first of all, projects of using commercial minerals.

Head of Karelia has also mentioned participation of the carrier in construction of new sewerage systems in Sortavala, in which ceremony of opening Alexander Khudilainen and Oleg Valinsky have taken part.

Oleg Valinsky

Oleg Valinsky

For a long time the issue had been getting no traction, but cooperation between the republic and Oktyabrskaya Railway has enabled redirection of sewage waters from the entire microdistrict to the drainage and improvement of environmental conditions, Head of the republic has told.

Oktyabrskaya Railway is the most important strategic partner of our republic and one of the major taxpayers. The investment program implemented in the past year within the territory of the region is estimated to be worth 1,5 million roubles. These are the improvement of transport services, construction and reconstruction of railways, provision of safety and reliability, introduction of resource-conscious production technologies. At year-end 2014, the volume of freight handling within the territory of Karelia has grown by 5 percent, having made more than 28 million tons. On results of the year, more than 1,2 million passengers have departed from stations of the Karelian site of Oktyabrskaya Railway, 386,000 of them travelled by commuter trains.

During the meeting

During the meeting

According to Anton Olentsevich, Director General of The Northwest Suburban Passenger Company Inc, cooperation between the republic and the management of Oktyabrskaya Railway in 2015 will enable suburban service in the volume the republic requires. Disregard of budgeting complications, the republic settles its accounts every year. On results of 2014, Karelia has become one of few constituent entities of the Russian Federation, that have paid off the shortfall in income occurring at the arrangement of transportation within the territory of the region. As Anton Olentsevich has mentioned, there are state contracts concluded with these regions which, according to the decision of the Government of Russia, provide reduced tariffs for commuter passenger companies for using the RZD's infrastructure.

Anton Olentsevich is making a report

Anton Olentsevich is making a report

It could not but influence the arrangement of transportation in 2015. All the necessary issues have been signed off, the agreement on the arrangement of transportation for three years, as well as on indexation of the shortfall in income, has been signed, Anton Olentsevich has told.

We've managed to achieve good results. Our cooperation is quite balanced. The agreement signed in August of 2012 is performed by Karelia without fail. Of course, we'd appreciate expansion of the investment portfolio for Karelia on the part of RZD JSC, Alexander Khudilainen has told upon conclusion of the meeting. I believe we'll be heard, as Vladimir Yakunin is a member of the State Commission for preparation for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia. Plans to improve commuter passenger service and long-distance service have been evolved. A working group has been formed to build a consensus on where to apply technical or organizational improvements. There's no doubt that we'll do our best to make the partnership between Karelia and the carrier better every year.

Participants of the meeting

Participants of the meeting

Oleg Valinsky has pointed out that the management of Oktyabrskaya Railway will consider the opportunity of expanding the investment portfolio within the territory of Karelia, including reconstruction of the railway track, that will enable speeding up of the trains, as well as participation in development of border checkpoint at the station of Värtsilä. Chief of Oktyabrskaya Railway has added that the carrier is ready to consider options of organisation of transportation to Kostomuksha. In turn, Head of Karelia has charged the State Committee of the Republic of Karelia for Transport with development of proposals.

Another challenge is restoration of the quantity of shipments of construction materials, which decline has occurred late last year.

I suppose we can handle restoration of these volumes and approach those we used to have in the first six months of 2014, Oleg Valinsky has told.

Signing of the Protocol

Signing of the Protocol

Oktyabrskaya Railway will take part in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the republic. Joint plans provide reconstruction of the railway station in Petrozavodsk. Head of the republic has addressed to the management of Oktyabrskaya Railway with a request to consider the issue of increasing the scope of work, as well as modernization of platforms for more comfortable boarding the Lastochka train. According to Oleg Valinsky, experts of Oktyabrskaya Railway are ready to render assistance to investors in production of documentation concerning construction of branch railway lines towards the seaport of Kem and Kalevala Woodworking Plant, as well as towards new deposits of ballast aggregate.

Besides, Chief of Oktyabrskaya Railway has expressed readiness to contribute to the arrangement of additional transport services for the guests expected to come to Sortavala to participate in celebrating the Day of the Republic in June of 2015. As Alexander Khudilainen has pointed out, it is important to let as many citizens of Karelia attend the celebration, besides the honourable guests from the federal center, as possible.

On results of the meeting Alexander Khudilainen and Oleg Valinsky have signed a Protocol to the current Agreement on Cooperation.

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