High-speed rail for 2018 World Cup to cost 5.5 trln rbl

Russia’s Finance Ministry estimated the construction cost of high-speed railway lines between host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament at 5.5 trillion rubles, Deputy Finance Minister Alexander Novak said Thursday.

The official said the government discussed the construction of the Moscow-Sochi, Moscow-St. Petersburg, Moscow-Yekaterinburg, and Moscow-Samara high-speed railway lines. In addition, the construction of a ring line linking all participating cities was considered, Novak added. Russia was chosen by FIFA to host the tournament in December 2010.

Prime-TASS, February 17, 2011