Railway transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods. Due to a significant increase in traffic volume and a long-lasting demand for the economic development of regional agglomerations, along with the interest in reduction of travel time and stimulating population mobility, construction of efficient high-speed rail lines is considered as a priority for all countries seeking full participation in the world economy. For Russian and Kazakh governments high-speed rail has become increasingly important.
Therefore, the transport strategies of Russia and Kazakhstan now include the development of a high-speed rail network in excess of 250 km/h. In order to enable such an ambitious project, effective technology and knowledge transfer is necessary. In Russia and Kazakhstan, with their limited experience in this area, specific know-how is strongly required. This evolution towards a modern high-speed transport system means that gaining more expertise in this field is on the agenda.