“The construction of the Zero Longitudinal Roadway (3.6 km) is one of the key transport facilities for the World Cup. This roadway is crucial to ensure safe arrival of athletes, guests and fans at Arena Volgograd, the stadium of up to 45,000 capacity. The total contract value is 1.7 billion rubles, funded by the federal and regional budgets, with the deadline for completion set for December, 2017 “, said the representative of the Organizing Committee responsible for preparing and staging the FIFA World Cup in Volgograd.
The First, Second and, partly, Third Longitudinal roadways link the northern and southern parts of the city. The new city roadway will be closest to the Volga river, therefore called Zero Longitudinal.
However, the reconstruction of the Aviators Roadway is currently the most high-end project worth of 2.4 billion rubles, funded by the federal budget. The Aviators Roadway connects the airport to Volgograd’s downtown area and is 12 km long. Works on the reconstruction site are already underway, with the completion date set for December, 2017.
Reconstruction Works Day and Night
The regional program of preparation for the 2018 World Cup includes the reconstruction of ten major Volgograd roads listed in client groups’ protocol routes, estimated at almost 1.5 billion rubles. As explained by the City Council, the most worn down roads are under repair in almost all eight districts of Volgograd. “Reconstruction works are being carried out day and night, including weekends,” said the City Council representative.
The City Council representative also assured that 40 roadways will have been reconstructed before the end of the year. The Regional Transport and Road Management Committee noted that the new integrated traffic scheme of Volgograd is being developed that involves the setup of a unified urban traffic management center. Also, the plan is to clear the right traffic lane on the main roads for public transport as well as create new convenient parking lots for private cars.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev drove through the city thoroughfares on May, 31 during his working visit to Volgograd and considered them as worn down. According to Medvedev, the current state of the roads is the piled-up result of insufficient funding for several previous decades. Governor of Volgograd Region Andrey Bocharov then expressed his hope that the region should obtain full funding for the road sector in the near future.
On September, 9, at the opening of a new section of the federal Moscow – Volgograd highway near Mikhailovka, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that “the Volgograd region obtained 15 billion rubles for the road sector, 9.5 billion of which are federal; in certain areas that’s 2-2.5 times more than in the past years. ”
Volgograd Air Harbor
In the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, large-scale reconstruction is being carried out in the Volgograd International Airport – Air harbor of the city on the Volga river. The airport expansion project is being implemented through a public-private partnership. For instance, 3.7 billion rubles have been allocated from the federal budget – these funds have already been spent to build a new runway. The length of the new runway was increased from 2.5 to 2.8 km, its width – from 45 to 49 m. The second stage of the reconstruction of the runway involves installation of cutting-edge navigation equipment. Upon completion of the project, the Volgograd airport will be able to accept almost any aircraft in adverse weather conditions.
The investment funds – about 1 billion rubles – were invested into the construction of a three-storied building of a new international airport terminal, which has already been launched this year. “By 2018, a temporary terminal is expected to be constructed funded by PJSC” Volgograd International Airport”. Together with the new terminal, this will ensure passenger traffic of at least 1,450 people per hour, as required by FIFA “, said the representative of the Organizing Committee responsible for preparing and staging the FIFA World Cup in Volgograd.
Also, regional authorities in cooperation with Russian Railways are developing a project to launch aeroexpress trains between the Volgograd downtown area and the airport, on the lines of Moscow airports. Furthermore, there is a project of a new bus station in Volgograd to be constructed in one of the airport terminals. With this done, the Volgograd airport can grow into a modern multi-modal transport interchange hub, which will combine three types of transport (air, railway and cars).
World Cup matches will be held from June, 14 to July, 15, 2018 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Volgograd will host four matches of the group stage of the tournament.