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The Contract Agreement between RZD International and the Cuban Union Railways was signed on 21 September 2017 within the framework of the plenary session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Cuban Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation. The document sets for the main conditions of the Contract for rehabilitation and upgrading of railway infrastructure of the Republic of Cuba. The Contract is scheduled to be signed after the Parties finalize its details.
The Project provides for:
  • Reconstruction of main railway lines with a total length of 1078 km and 357 structures;
  • Installation of new signaling systems in stations, hauls and on level crossings, as well as upgrading of existing signaling systems on the Central Line (Havana – Santiago de Cuba);
  • Construction of the Main Traffic Control Center;
  • Supply of construction and track machinery, materials and equipment;
  • Preparation of the Cuban railway network development Master plan;
  • Organization of market system and ticketing;
  • Training of Client’s railway personnel.

The implementation of the whole range of works will result in increase of trains speed up to 120 km/h on certain sections, in rising of freight volume by 1.7 times as well as increase of passenger flow threefold.

The expected duration of the project is 11 years. The estimated cost of the project is €1.9 billion.