Implementation of projects for hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi

The key objective of Russian Railways in preparing for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi was to create a new, advanced transport infrastructure in the region of the competition.

Combined motorway and railway Adler-alpine resort Alpika-Service, with construction of the second continuous railway line Sochi - Adler - Veseloe

The largest infrastructural unit newly built by Russian Railways in the region. The Games in Sochi were recognised as the most compact in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

On November 1, 2013 the railway line of the combined road welcomed its first modern, high-speed electric Lastochka trains, and on November 24, 2013, the motorway was put into operation.

Project mission
The provision of fast and comfortable transfer for the guests and participants of the Olympics from the coast to the alpine region.
The following infrastructure was built and put into operation:
  • Over 27 km of tunnels (12 in the mountain region and 2 on the coast, including the Sochi – Matsesta section);
  • 38 km of bridges and overpasses (41 motorway bridges and 47 railway bridges – 37 in the mountains and 10 on the Sochi – Adler – Veseloe section).
Mountain direction:
  • 46 km motorway and 6 transport junctions;
  • 48 km electric single-line railway with double-line sections;
  • 2 stations with passenger terminals (Esto-Sadok and Krasnaya Polyana).
Coastal direction:
  • 32 km of the second main railway on the Sochi-Adler-Veseloe section;
  • 3 new stations (the Adler multimodal terminal station and the Olympic Park and Olympic Village stations).
Project value:

According to estimates for the construction of all 28 stages of the unit, the total value was RUB 285 billion, out of which RUB 264 billion was spent on the mountain section and RUB 21 billion on the coastal section.

However, the bottom-line value of the completed work was reduced to RUB 272 billion due to the use of a number of engineering and innovative solutions.

The costs were distributed between the state and Russian Railways as follows: RUB 241 billion of federal budget funds transferred to the charter capital of Russian Railways; with the remainder coming directly from the Russian Railways investment budget

Railway line from Adler to Sochi airport and the railway terminal at the airport

Operations started in February 2012.
Project mission
The provision of regular railway passenger services between the airport and the city.
The following infrastructure was built and put into operation:
Total length of the railway line – 2.8 km
The following infrastructure was built and put into operation:
  • 2 tunnels (164 and 368 metres);
  • 3 overpasses with a total length of 750 m;
  • A bridge of 44 m;
  • A modern railway passenger terminal in the airport complex
Project value:

About RUB 10 billion

Passenger railway station terminals Dagomys, Matsesta, Hosta and Sochi

Project mission
The construction and reconstruction of a number of passenger terminal facilities in line with the concept of creating the so-called “no-barrier” environment in Sochi designed for the comfort of disabled passengers.
The following infrastructure was built and put into operation:
  • Overhead and underground pedestrian crossings were built and the existing ones were reconstructed;
  • facilities were equipped with lifts and wheelchair ramps;
  • tactile signs were installed on the sidewalks, platforms, rails and buttons of lifts;
  • special ticket offices were organised, and lounges and specially adapted toilets were provided.
For the convenience of visually and hearing impaired people, navigation systems were rebuilt in the terminals, including the display with the train schedule, and route indicators and signs were equipped with additional sound and light signals.
Project value:

RUB 2 billion

Tuapse-Adler railway line

Construction completed in April 2012.
Project mission
Reinforcement of the Tuapse-Adler railway line.
The following infrastructure was built and put into operation:
Double line segments on 8 sections with a total operating length of 30 km for a gradual line capacity increase from 54 to 70 pairs of trains per day.
A considerable scope of shore protection works was completed, including the construction of wave-absorbing groyne, sea walls and headwalls, filling coastal gravel protection bands.
Project value:

RUB 16 billion

Railway freight terminals in Imereti lowland

Construction completed in 2009.
Project mission
Ensuring acceptance and handling freights for the Olympics construction development.
The following infrastructure was built and put into operation:
Two temporary freight terminals with a total capacity of 15 mln tonnes per year:
  • Rosselkhozakademia freight terminal – 11 million tonnes of inert and bulk cargos per year (macadam, sand, gravel, sand and gravel mix);
  • Sochinsky freight terminal – 3.7 million tonnes of packaged, long and container cargos per year.
Project value:

RUB 16 billion

Additional facilities

Apart from its major projects, Russian Railways also took a number of actions to improve infrastructural facilities and ensure the safety of the Games.
For instance, in 2013 under the order of the Government of the Russian Federation, city squares were renovated, security check areas were equipped, and pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, and passagenger stops, as well as public transport and car parks were built.
In addition to the federal programme units, a service station was built for the Lastochka electric trains, which carried passengers during the Games.

Furthermore – and also under the order of the Government of the Russian Federation – the Company implemented activities to ensure the safety of the Olympic infrastructure facilities. Points of passenger inspection were equipped with security alarms and video surveillance, and control and access management engineering systems were installed at the Olympic Park, Krasnaya Polyana, Esto-Sadok, Olympic Village, Matsesta, and Hosta stations, at the railway station in Sochi, and in the multimodal terminal and the transportation service station of Adler.

Commissioning Russian Railways Olympic Facilities

All stages of the construction of the Russian Railways Olympic facilities were supervised by the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees and the leaders of the Russian Federation. All the facilities were commissioned in due time or earlier.

Olympic Torch Relay

On November 16, 2013, the railway stage of the Olympic Torch Relay started in Vladivostok. From there to Sochi, the Olympic Torch covered over 17 thousand kilometres on a special Russian Railways train.