If the business wants to transport something, it needs to get involved in the process. Concessions agreements with Russian Railway do not get signed. Yet, joint public and private participation becomes more popular. We need to pay attention to this and involve business more, giving them the opportunity to build — Andrey Kutepov, Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
We support the concessions approach as it helps focus on the construction of new lines. Concessions on the existing infrastructure is too hard in terms of organization. <…> Construction of new border control points may work in terms concessions because a new construction away from the existing ones may pay. A concessions company will use it to transport goods and will pay for it based on the tariffs. It will compensate for the losses — Andrew Makarov, Deputy General Director, Russian Railways.
Border control points are not performing well. We need a decision on whether this infrastructure can be included in concessions agreements… Why don’t we use them? The government bears costs and is unable to cope with them — Vasily Orlov, Governor of Amur Region.
Russian Railways owns and operates the Eastern Polygon. The second stage of its expansion is already under contract. It makes sense to use concessions to build new areas and infrastructure. It is a functional idea and technology, — Mikhail Degtyarev, Governor of Khabarovsky Territory.