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Russia's RZD eyes urban railway project in Serbia - report

Author Radomir Ralev
Russia's RZD eyes urban railway project in Serbia - report Sergey Pavlov; Source: RZD International

BELGRADE (Serbia), October 4 (SeeNews) - Russian railway infrastructure engineering company RZD International is interested in participating in a project for the construction of an urban railway in Serbia's capital Belgrade, Russian media reported on Monday.

RZD has already started preliminary work on the project in cooperation with Russian investment company Sinara Group, Gudok newspaper quoted Sergey Pavlov, RZD deputy director general as saying in an interview.

"Our competencies can be used in the course of such a project. An intergovernmental agreement on its implementation is now being negotiated by the Serbian government," Pavlov said.

The Belgrade urban railway system can represent an analogue to Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) system of city train services on existing commuter rail lines, he added.

In April, Pavlov said RZD is working on a preliminary feasibility study for the Belgrade urban railway project to give details about the number of needed rolling stock, the scope of work, and its cost.

Russia's transport ministry said earlier in April that Russia-made commuter intercity electric multiple unit trains Lastochka could be delivered to Serbia as part of the project.