According to Estonia’s current plans, electrification of the Narva railway line will be completed in five years. A continuation to Russia is only possible if a 35 km long section between the Estonian border and the Russian city of Kingisepp is rebuilt.
Estonia would work with Russian Railways’ subsidiary, October Railway, when future plans are agreed and funding could come from the EU’s cross-border cooperation program between Estonia and Russia.
“If it could be electrified, it would be possible in the future to transport passengers and goods with an electric train from Tallinn and St. Petersburg instead of diesel trains,” said Andrus Alas, head of the Estonian rail network.
He gave additional reasons for electrification, saying that current diesel trains cause a lot of pollution, while electric trains are quieter, faster and cheaper to maintain.
Russia’s interest in the project will become clear after negotiations that will take place after Estonia has approved the idea in principle.
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