Putin greenlights construction of Moscow-to-St Petersburg high-speed rail line

A train in St Petersburg (Evgeniy Akimenko/Dreamstime)
Re-elected Russian president Vladimir Putin has made a virtual appearance at a groundbreaking ceremony for the high-speed railway between Moscow and St Petersburg, state news agency Tass reports.

The link will cut an hour and a quarter off travel time between Russia’s largest cities, reducing it to two hours and 15 minutes.

Trains will run every 10-15 minutes when it enters service in 2028.

In 2019, the line was expected to cost $23bn and at that time had a completion date of 2026.

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