A shuttle train connecting Minsk with the national airport may start running in 2022−2023, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on 7 July, the press service of the president reports.
According to the president, the train from the capital will be launched during the first 2-3 years of the next five-year period that starts in 2021. Recall that earlier there were plans to launch the train in 2019-2020 and then in 2020-2021.
The scheme of the route will presumably look this way:
According to the plan, the train will leave Minsk by the line for Moscow and then turn into a new 18-km section of the rail section between the Gorodishche railway station and the airport.
As previously reported, the total investment is estimated at 200 million rubles ($81,931,000 or €72,601,107). Of these, 81,4 million ($33,345,917 or €29,548,650) will be spent on the purchase of three trains.
Shuttle transfers and a canceled train
The trains from Minsk to the airport were running from November 2014 to April 2017. They were diesel trains that had to make a stop at Smolevichi town, located some 40 km away from the capital, because of the peculiarity of the routes.
A trip by train thus took 70 minutes, and at the airport, passengers had to change to a shuttle bus. Trains to Minsk airport were canceled due to the start of construction of the second runway. At present, the airport is linked to the capital by a bus and mini-bus service.