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06.02.2019

The president of UTLC ERA made a speech at the wrap-up session of the Belarusian Railways Technical and Economic Council

Alexey Grom presented a report on the work and main goals of UTLC ERA to the participants of the meeting.

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The results of the work in 2018 and plans for 2019 were discussed at the wrap-up session of the Belarusian Railways Technical and Economic Council which was held in the head office of the Belarusian Railways on February, 1st in Minsk. The Belarusian Minister of Transport and Communications Alexey Avramenko and the Chief of the Belarusian Railways Vladimir Morozov also attended the meeting. The President of UTLC ERA, Alexey Grom, was invited as a speaker to the event, where he participated along with the members of the Belarus Republic Government, heads and representatives of the public authorities and administration, services and organizations of the Belarusian Railways.

Within the framework of the presented report, the President of the UTLC ERA summed up the results of the past year and answered the questions of the meeting participants, the most topical of which was stable high speed maintaining on the 1520 gauge passing through Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan territories. As it has been reported before, at the last meeting in January the leadership of JSC Russian Railways, JSC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and the Belarusian Railways pointed out the necessity of achieving the speed of 1150 km per day in 2019 year for container block trains. The head of UTLC ERA highlighted the planned transportation speed increase as the main competitive advantage of UTLC ERA.

“Participation in the meetings of such level is the best confirmation of UTLC ERA significance as a joint venture of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. It is important for us to coordinate our own plans with the plans of the railways administrations development concerning our routes. We must improve transportation technology by joint efforts, overcome the barriers, find bottlenecks and “expand” them, - the President of UTLC ERA, Alexey Grom, noted. – The final speed of the block trains also depends on the allied railways infrastructure in Europe. We expect that our partners in the European Union would also work on providing high-speed processing of containers on the route linking Europe and Asia.

JSC UTLC ERA, established by the railways administrations of the Russian Federation, Republic of Belarus and Republic of Kazakhstan, is the key operator of the transit services in the railway communication between China/South-East Asia and EU on 1520 gauge. In comparison to 2017, the transit traffic volume of UTLC ERA in Eurasian communication in 2018 increased by 60% and comprised 280.5 thousand TEUs.