Belarusian Railways completed electrification of the Zhlobin-Podolsky-Svetlogorsk-on-Berezin section

The opening ceremony took place on June 21, 2020 at the Svetlogorsk-on-Berezin station with the participation of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, reports railway magazine «Railway Supply» referring press center of Belarusian Railway.

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The opening of regular movement of electric trains on the Svetlogorsk-Zhlobin-Minsk route is aimed at strengthening transport links and enhancing the development of the Gomel and Minsk regions, improving the quality of passenger service. Transportation will be carried out by modern European-level EPR trains, which have already gained popularity among the residents of Belarus. Trains of this series have been operated on the Belarusian Railway since 2011.

The EPR electric train of regional business class lines consists of 5 carriages, which can accommodate 302 passengers.

Railways completed electrification

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The opening of regular movement of electric trains on the Svetlogorsk-Zhlobin-Minsk route became possible due to the completion of electrification at the Zhlobin-Podolsk-Svetlogorsk-on-Berezin section. This is one of the stages of the implementation of an investment project for the electrification of the Zhlobin-Kalinkovichi-Barbarov section with a total length of 141 km, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. The cost of construction of the Zhlobin-Kalinkovichi-Barbarov section is 77300000 Euro, including the credit resources of the Eximbank of China 65700000 Euro.

Railways completed electrification

It is predicted that after the completion of electrification at the Zhlobin-Kalinkovichi-Barbarov section, emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere will decrease by 900 tons per year. Also, electrification will help to reduce operating costs for infrastructure and traction rolling stock, and above all, a reduction in the cost of purchasing diesel fuel.

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