New Russia rail link to compete with planes

Tender announced to build new high-speed Moscow-St Petersburg line

Inspired by the fast-approaching 2018 FIFA Football World Cup, Russia has announced a tender to build a new high-speed train line that connects its two main cities, Moscow and St Petersburg. The aim is to attract business and leisure travellers out of the air and onto the rails, as a new, shorter Sapsan train will cut the existing travel time by rail from four to two-and-a-half hours. The Sapsan (pictured) already makes journeys between the two cities.
The new train line is expected to cost between €12.5 billion and €17.6 billion. Russia is looking for private investors to cover 30% of the costs; it will fund the rest. It hopes to award the tender by December.