Yesterday, on September 11 at the International Business Summit the Head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev, JSC High Speed Rail Lines’s General Director Alexander Misharin and CJSC Airports of Regions MC’s General Director Evgeniy Chudnovskiy signed a cooperation agreement with a view to developing in the area of Strigino International Airport an intermodal transport hub bringing together the existing airport and the projected station of the high-speed railway Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan (hereinafter – the HSR).
Currently, the project involves the construction of 2 high-speed railway stations in Nizhny Novgorod, one of which will be located at Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Cooperation between Airports of Regions, JSC High Speed Rail Lines and airlines will allow to offer passengers an integrated transport service - a single ticket from Moscow to the airport of destination.
- The construction of the high-speed rail line is actually an investment in the future, it is a strategically important project for us - said the Head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev. – The HSR will give impetus to the development of adjacent areas and also can help us to ease road traffic.
- Nizhny Novgorod is geographically very close to Moscow. And, on the one hand, it is a minus - the capital draws most of the passenger flow off Nizhny - explains Airports of Region MC’s General Director Evgeniy Chudnovskiy. - On the other hand, the proximity to the capital easily turns into a plus: if it is possible to get from the center of Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod by the HSR within 1.5-2 hours, we will be able to "transfer" about 6 million passengers from the airports of the Moscow air hub to Strigino, in the first place, it will be interesting for the passengers flying to Southeast Asia. Then, Nizhny Novgorod Airport without exaggeration has all chances to become the fourth Moscow air hub airport, releasing the capital’s airports. Moreover, the construction of the HSR in the vicinity of Strigino will boost the airport’s territory –a new hotel, business and office centers will appear.
- In fact, the HSR is an inter-regional subway, trains reach speed of up to 300-400 kilometers per hour and in several times increase the mobility of people and business. It has for a long time been appreciated in the countries where active construction of the HSR is in progress: China, France, Japan - said JSC High Speed Rail Lines’s General Director Alexander Misharin.
The signed cooperation agreement between the Nizhny Novgorod region, Airports of Regions MC and Russian Railways will be valid for 5 years.