POSTED: Friday November 13th 2009

Russia puts environment before cost on Sochi 2014 development

Changes announced to benefit the environment on combined road project

13 November, 2009, Sochi, Russia – A joint meeting on the combined road and rail link between Adler and Alpika Service has decided to put the environment ahead of cost in plans for this crucial development associated with Sochi 2014.

The meeting decided, the road will go via an overpass to protect an ancient grove of box-trees. The decision is estimated to increase the cost of the project ten-fold, but will ensure that more than 2,000 endangered plants are protected for future generations.

The meeting on the combined road – one of the most important Sochi 2014 infrastructure developments associated with the delivery of Russia’s first Winter Games – was attended by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Kozak; Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry Chernyshenko; President of SC Olympstroy, Taimuraz Bolloev; and Vice-President of the Russian Railways company, Oleg Tony, at the office of the State Corporation Olympstroy.

Deputy Prime Minister Kozak said:

“The combined road between Adler and Alpika Service is the most important infrastructure developments in the preparation for the Sochi 2014 Games. It influenced the choice of Sochi 2014 as the host city of the 2014 Winter Games as the road is crucial in making Sochi 2014 the most compact Winter Games in history.

“We took a decision to conserve the unique grove of ancient box-trees, increasing the cost of the development by 183 million rubles more than previously estimated.”

Mr. Kozak highlighted that one of the most important aspects in the preparation for the Games in Sochi is ecology. “We are focused on making decisions that will minimize the impact on the unique nature of the Krasnodar Region during Olympic preparations.” He also said that if similar situations are encountered, decision will be made to protect the environment. 

Oleg Tony confirmed that the changes to the plans for the combined road will not change the construction schedule or delivery date, which sees the project completed in 2013.

Notes to Editors

The combined road and rail link between Adler and “Alpika Service” is one of the major transport infrastructure projects in the delivery of Sochi 2014. On the left bank of the Mzymta River, a single railway track with flyovers will be laid to provide simultaneous movement of trains in two directions. This train line will allow the transportation of about 8,500 passengers per hour. In addition, there will be a parallel two-lane road allowing the total transport capacity between Adler and “Alpika Service” to be approximately 20,000 passengers per hour during the Games, meeting the highest international standards.


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