MINSK, 27 December (BelTA) – The Belarusian Railways injected some Br600 million into the implementation of investment projects in 2019, head of the Belarusian Railways Vladimir Morozov said as he spoke at an event to mark the 157th anniversary of the Belarusian railways operator on 27 December, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Railways.
In 2019, the Belarusian Railways implemented significant projects in infrastructure, freight terminals and rolling stock renewal, Vladimir Morozov said. Modern information technologies were actively implemented. The company continued work to electrify the Zhlobin-Kalinkovichi section. The implementation of this project will make it possible to increase the share of electrified railway sections up to 25% of the total railway lines.
The upgrade of the container terminal at the Brest-Severny station, recently completed, will increase its average daily processing capacity for container handling 1.5 times and will double its container storage area. The project will enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of the East-West-East transport corridor through Brest.
According to Vladimir Morozov, the Belarusian Railways is actively developing digitalization of cargo and commercial operations, based on the automated system Electronic Transportation. As a result, work on electronic transportation documents is already underway with railroad companies in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia. The Transportation Management Center of the Belarusian Railways, the most important facility of the Belarusian railroad, was also inaugurated in 2019.
The work on renewal of the rolling stock was continued this year. The Belarusian Railways purchased 1,976 cargo and 30 passenger cars. In addition, three diesel trains DP6 were delivered in 2019. Three more will arrive in 2020. A contract has been concluded with Stadler Minsk for the supply of ten modern five-car electric trains for interregional business class lines through 2021.
A lot has been done for passengers, including the implementation of information technologies. For the first time in the CIS, payment by contactless bank cards was introduced in city line trains in June 2019.