The challenges behind the Belkomur Project are large-scale and extremely important. The
new main line is of strategic importance for Russia, since it will directly connect the
Ural and the Republic of Komi with the ice-free ports in Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and the
Northern Europe. Moreover, putting the Belkomur in operation would cut the costs for rail
traffic by 40-65% and encourage the economic development of the regions in the Arkhangelsk
Oblast, the Republic of Komi and the Perm Krai as well as the adjoining areas that are
currently cut off from the foreign market. Ultimately, the new railway main line will
provide the shortest distance to the Northern Europe and the regions in Siberia,
Kazakhstan and Central Asia with good conditions for freight transit traffic via Russia
and domestic and international multimodal transport management.
This track must, above all, fit in the economic reality and operate for the benefit of
multiple regions and the Russian Federation as a whole.