The construction of a light railway in the Russian city of Voronezh is likely to begin within the next three years, regional Governor, Alexander Gusev, told reporters on Friday.
“We have started a pre-project stage of the project implementation, and now we are making a scheme for organizing traffic, which takes into account the construction of light rail transport. I hope that next year we will order a full feasibility study of the project, and at the same time, we will look for a partner. Most likely, it will be a private partner, perhaps it will be a concession scheme”, Gusev said.
According to him, now it is hard to say whether foreign investors might participate in the project. Gusev said that the preparatory stage would end in the next few months, and then the project development will begin.
"I believe that the project will succeed. Within three years it should be launched, building activities at least,” Gusev added.
There have been no trams in Voronezh since 2009, and trolleybus routes are few there, while most bus routes are private. The serviceability of the rolling stock and the quality of servicing passengers cause discontent in the region's administration and ordinary people.