YEKATERINBURG, February 19 (Itar-Tass) —— More than 50,000 vehicles will be rerouted from Yekaterinburg in order to prepare the road network for the World Cup in 2018.
The regional Minister for Transport and Road Management Gennady Marenkov said that the region plans to invest at least one billion roubles in repairing and reconstruction of Yekaterinburg’s road network.
"We plan to finish construction of a bypass road within several next years, thus we shall reroute from Yekaterinburg more than 50,000 vehicles - this work requires 16.8 billion roubles. We have started to design a high-speed railroad between Yekaterinburg and Moscow.The road network of the regional centre will require investments of at least one billion roubles a year," he said.
"City officials have studied the experience of Donetsk in preparation for the European football championship of 2012. Much of what he saw will be implemented in Yekaterinburg," said the deputy chief of Yekaterinburg’s government Sergei Schwindt.
Russia’s transport system for the World Cup in 2018 should be ready before the end of 2016. According to a correspondent. General Director of the Transport Department of the Olympic Games Sergei Kozyrev said that it would be necessary to loop transport infrastructures of Russia’s ten cities.
"This work will be divided into three stages. At the first phase we shall design a concept. This work will be completed by June of 2012. At the second stage, which will last till the end of 2013, we will develop a transport master plan for the championship, the third phase will be an operational master plan for the championship. As part of transport planning is also necessary to make a special estimation of how many vehicles will be involved in transportation of guests and participants of the championship," Kozyrev said.