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The Contract Agreement between RZD International and the Cuban Union of Railways was signed on September 21, 2017 in the course 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.
According to the Contract Agreement, on October 3, 2019, during the official visit of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev to Cuba, RZD International LLC and the Union of Railways of Cuba have signed a Contract for reconstruction and modernization of railway infrastructure of the Republic of Cuba.

The Project provides for:
  • Reconstruction of 1078 km of main railway lines and 357 structures;
  • Installation of new signaling systems in stations, hauls and at 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;
  • Training of Client’s railway personnel.
Completion of the Project will result in the increase of trains speed in some sections up to 120 km/h, in raising freight volume 1.7 times the passenger flow threefold.

The expected duration of the project is 10 years. The estimated cost of the project is €1.9 billion.