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20.04.2017

Belarusian Railways count on increase in Chinese cargo flows
Belarusian Railways count on increase in Chinese cargo flows The company Belarusian Railways would like China to increase the flow of cargoes. Representatives of transport departments of the two countries held talks in Minsk. They agreed on a wider use of container express trains. Representatives of railways from 25 countries gathered in Minsk these days. They are discussing how to improve the quality of passenger service and make this type of transport more attractive for customers.
Minsk-Grodno M6 highway to have speed limit of 120km/h
Minsk-Grodno M6 highway to have speed limit of 120km/h Quality, speed and conformity with international standards are the principles M6 highway (Minsk-Grodno) builders are guided by. The Minsk-Grodno highway now resembles a big construction site: additional detours, a speed limit of only 50 km/h. Drivers understand temporary inconveniences. Wait a bit, and almost 300 kilometers of the M6 will be transformed into a modern highway. At a speed of 120 km/h, you will be able to get from Grodno to Minsk in only 2.5 hours.

18.04.2017

Speed limit on Minsk-Grodno highway may be increased to 120 km/h
Speed limit on Minsk-Grodno highway may be increased to 120 km/h Price-quality is a well-known criterion. Highways are good and still free for inhabitants in Belarus. Another main transport traffic artery Minsk-Grodno turned into a large-scale construction site. Alexander Lukashenko also demands to bring local roads to an exemplary state in five years. Belarus is worth being called a road state: it is situated at the crossroads of the main transportation routs and connects states of Western Europe and East, as well as Black Sea regions and Baltic Sea states. Two trans-European transport corridors cross Belarus.

06.04.2017

900 million rubles to be spent on thorough road repair in Belarus
900 million rubles to be spent on thorough road repair in Belarus On April 5, the Belarus head of state raised a question of the quality and repair of regional highways and rural roads. The Belarusian leader outlined that our people are not used to driving on bad roads. Although highways in Belarus are up to the mark, the condition of local roads is problematic.

05.04.2017

Belarus to improve local roads in 3-4 years
Belarus to finish improving local roads in 3-4 years Local roads must be improved in three-four years, while governors will be in charge of this process. On April 5, the head of state raised the issue of the quality and repair of highways of regional scale and rural roads. The Belarusian leader emphasized that Belarusians are not accustomed to traveling on bad roads. And while motorways in the country are at an appropriate level, the situation with local roads raises concern.

20.03.2017

Free Wi-Fi at 19 railway stations in Belarus by summer 2017
Free Wi-Fi at 19 railway stations in Belarus by summer 2017 Free Wi-Fi will be installed at 19 railway stations of the largest cities of Belarus. The Internet hot spots will be available in the halls and waiting rooms by the summer of 2017. The Wi-Fi network will cover some towns of the Minsk region, include Molodechno and Borisov. The novelty will be available to subscribers of any cell operator after they pass authentication.  For this you will only need to enter your mobile phone number in a special field and then receive an SMS with an access password.

09.03.2017

New runway at National Airport Minsk estimated at $225 million
New runway at National Airport Minsk estimated at $225 million The new runway at Minsk National Airport will be built through a loan of the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus.  The price is estimated at $225 million. This amount was defined by an order of the Belarus President. The project will be implemented by 2019.  By this time, the operating life of the existing runway of Minsk-2 airport will end.

07.03.2017

Transport Ministry ready to assist lowcost airlines in Belarus
Transport Ministry ready to assist low cost airlines in Belarus There are no obstacles to the work of low cost airlines in Belarus and the Ministry of Transport is ready to contribute to their arrival, said Minister of Transport and Communications Anatoly Sivak March 6 at a press conference in Minsk. "We have no reasons today not to welcome low costs. This is rather a problem of low cost companies, that they decide whether or not to fly to a particular destination for economic reasons," said the Minister. According to him, for low cost flights to be effective, corresponding passenger traffic should be secured.

06.03.2017

No plans to raise public transport fare in Belarus in 2017
No plans to raise public transport fares in Belarus in 2017 Fare in Belarus' public transport in 2017 is going to rise, said the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The payback level of transport corresponds almost completely with the budgeted parameters. The ministry also developed measures to increase efficiency, which will reduce the internal costs of companies. As is known, it is carriers' costs that are the economic basis for tariff increases. MORE: Public transport in Minsk

28.02.2017

Belarus ready to deliver e-buses to Sverdlovsk region
Belarus ready to deliver e-buses to Sverdlovsk region Belarus is ready to supply electric buses to the Sverdlovsk region of Russia. The topic was discussed at the Belarusian government during a meeting with a delegation from that Russian region. Now the turnover is almost $300 million, but this figure should grow. This could be done including through the supplies of Belarusian agricultural machinery. The Sverdlovsk region is interested purchasing production and processing equipment as well as grain drying fodder.

10.02.2017

Sergey Maslyak, chairman of the Committee of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Minsk City Executive Committee
Transport accounts for 85% of Minsk air pollution Recently, the sanitary epidemic service has published information that excessive concentrations of polluting substances in 2016 were registered only within Minsk highways.

02.02.2017

Operator to be chosen to control fixed-route taxi network in Belarus
Operator to be chosen to control fixed-route taxi network in Belarus Belarusian food products will be marked with a special sign. That is, the manufacturer is required to place the GMO label on the packaging. The House of Representatives is preparing the amendments to the Law on Quality and Safety of Food Raw Materials and Food Products. The deputies are also considering other changes in the legislation that will provide Belarusian goods with an unimpeded access to the markets of the EEU. The parliamentarians discussed the stages of the legislative process in the Oval Hall on January 18.

29.12.2016

More infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in Belarus planned?
More infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in Belarus planned? The Eurasian Economic Commission (ECE) supports the development of electromobile manufacturing.  ECE experts believe that the creation of infrastructure for charging of ecological-friendly cars must be as simple as possible. Also, experts believe that in addition to the actual production more attention should be paid to popularization of electric vehicles.  In this regard, the developments of Belarusian scientists and manufacturers look particularly promising.

26.12.2016

Minsk's second ring road: neat roads can add to Belarus' positive image
Minsk's second ring road: neat roads can add to Belarus' positive image Not once has the President made important appointments purpose at the end of the year. Another tradition is the opening of large-scale objects as a New Year gift for Belarusians. This time it was the second ring road around Minsk. It was built quickly and inexpensively. 1 km of the new ring road in Belarus costs two to three times less than the construction of motorways in the European Union and the United States and almost ten times cheaper than in Russia. No wonder President remarked: no one stole anything during the construction of this road.
Minsk's first electric bus tested in city December 26
Minsk's first electric bus tested in city December 26 The first electric bus took to Minsk streets on December 26. Residents of the south-eastern part of Minsk at Partyzanski praspiekt were the first to see the new vehicle. The new kind of urban public transport is better than buses, trolleybuses and trams in all characteristics. Soon 20 such vehicles will be added to the fleet of Minsk public transport. Their charge will be made at the last stops during five-seven minutes. The capacity of electric buses is more than 150 people.

23.12.2016

Minsk's second ring road opens
Minsk's second ring road opens The second Minsk ring has been opened to traffic. The solemn ceremony was attended by the Belarus head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. The length of the second ring road is about 160 kilometers. This comfortable four-lane road meets all modern requirements. It is equipped with bridges and overpasses, barrier fences to avoid head-on collisions, the barriers against animals and noise screens near residential areas.

22.12.2016

Minsk's second ring road to open December 22
Minsk's second ring road to open December 22 The second ring around Minsk will fully open to traffic on December 22. The opening ceremony will be attended by the President of Belarus. The second phase of construction connected the Grodno and Moscow routes. Concrete at this section was laid back in autumn and now it has acquired the necessary strength. Curbs, junctions and barrier fences are already in place. Among other features are noise screens, nets for animals and information signs for drivers.

28.11.2016

Prospects of electric transport in Belarus
Belarusian Tesla owners impressed with cars Belarus should reflect on the construction of electric cars, shouldn't it? After all, we've managed to make electric buses, trams and trolleybuses. Light vehicles in electric engines have not yet filled the world market, but it is these cars to which the future belongs (if no one comes up with trucks driven by the power of thought). Besides, Belarusian realities suggest the way of Tesla - with scarce oil supplies and given that the country will have more than enough of its own electricity from the Belarusian NPP. Yana Shipko has more.

22.11.2016

Minsk electric bus entering new markets
Minsk electric bus entering new markets The manufacturer of Belarusian electric buses is considering the possibility of supplies to Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. There is some interest from Europe too. Electric buses will start plying the city of Minsk next week. However, these will be only tests. Buses will go without passengers. E-bus Vitovt is the first environmentally-friendly mode of transport produced in Belarus. It was presented this spring. The vehicle can go without contact with the network and then be recharged on the endpoints.

17.11.2016

Border waiting time for Moscow-Berlin train in Brest to reduce by four times
Border waiting time for Moscow-Berlin train in Brest to reduce by four times Moscow – Minsk – Warsaw – Berlin. It will take you only 20 hours to visit the European capitals by rail. On November 16, a machine that will reduce the time of track gauge conversion was launched. However, this technology is used only for a new Spanish train. Alexander Mikhalevsky, Brest station gauge conversion point: The change of track width to narrow, 1,435 mm, or back to wide, 1,520 mm, takes place here within 15-20 meters. At this time, all passengers are in carriages and nothing bothers them.

16.11.2016

First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Sunny color for winter streets of Minsk: residents of the Belarus capital have decided on the future color of a new kind of metropolitan transport - electric buses. These electric buses will appear in Minsk already in December 2016. The electric buses will be like electric vehicles. They are powered by clean energy sources: a battery or a supercapacitor. The energy will be enough to cover about 12 kilometers. Then they need to be recharged at special stations, which are equipped at the last stops.

11.11.2016

National Airport Minsk welcomes its 3-millionth passenger
National Airport Minsk welcomes its 3-millionth passenger The main air harbor of Belarus functions as usual. Moreover, November 10 is a significant day for the National Airport Minsk as they welcomed the 3-million passenger. This number is very important for the history of the Belarusian civil aviation. It reflects the results of new routes and increased transit.

07.11.2016

Minsk National Airport becomes airline hub due to increased transit passenger flow
Minsk National Airport becomes airline hub due to increased transit passenger flow Minsk National airport got the status of a hub. The airport became an airline hub due to increased transit passenger flow. There is about 30% of such travelers. The percentage of transit passengers improves the status of the airport and its importance in Europe. This month the airport plans to welcome its 3-million passenger. Now there is modernization of the air gates of Minsk.

04.11.2016

New air traffic control center to appear in Minsk in 2018
New air traffic control center to appear in Minsk in 2018 Construction of a new air traffic control center in Minsk, Belarus, will be completed in 2018. On November 4, a commemorative capsule was laid on this occasion in the neighborhood Sokol, where it will be based. In fact, this is the start of a milestone project. Need to create a new center is due to the increase in the number of flights over Belarus. More than 700 aircraft cross the territory of Belarus during 24 hours. First of all, the Mission Control Center will provide security.

02.11.2016

Armen Martirosyan, the unlucky passenger.
Armen Martirosyan on SBU actions: Nothing was charged with me, absolutely There was no luck with the Belarusian plane leaving the Kiev airport Zhulyany on October 21. Several minutes after the takeoff, the airliner was ordered to make a U-turn and forced to land back in Kiyv under the threat of using fighter jets. As it turned out later, Ukrainian secret forces were mistaken: the search of one of the passangers failed to find anything suspicious about him and the man was released without charge.

01.11.2016

Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane
Ukraine threatened to use military aircraft against Belavia plane - recording New details have emerged about the incident with a return of a Belavia airliner about a week ago. On November 1, Belarus published the transcript of the pilot's dialogue with the manager of the Kiev airport Zhulyany. The pilot clarifies the reason and says that he is turning the plane around. Thus, the threat to use military aircraft against Belavia plane in the event of the pilot's non-obedience, which was denied by Ukrainian security services, is obvious.

31.10.2016

Car numbers double in Belarus in last 15 years
Car numbers double in Belarus in last 15 years Over the past 15 years, the number of cars in Belarus has increased by more than twice.  While in 2000, there were 139 vehicles per 1,000 population, in 2015 the figure was already more than 300. Now nearly 3 million cars are registered in Belarus. On October 30 car drivers celebrated their professional holiday, as well as road sector workers. The road industry is also constantly evolving.

27.10.2016

Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Electric buses will appear on the roads of Minsk as early as in December 2016.  The name of the new mode of transport is self-explanatory. Electric buses do not require connection to a power line. The vehicle receives sufficient amount of electricity from a special charging post at an end of the route.  The electric bus is called the green vehicle of the 21st century. They have no harmful emissions boasting low noise levels and using clean energy sources. 

22.10.2016

Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security
Ukraine’s Security Service: Belavia’s aircraft was returned to ensure absence of threat to national security The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced returning of the Belavia’s plane. The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft.
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane
Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demands apology from Ukraine for forced return of Belavia’s plane The Foreign Ministry of Belarus demands an apology for the forced return of the Belavia’s plane. The diplomatic office of Belarus handed over a protest note to Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Belarus Valery Dzhigun for the actions of the competent authorities of Ukraine on the forced return of the Belarusian aircraft. The Belarusian aircraft was flying from Kiev to Minsk. When there was 50 kilometers left till the Belarusian air space, the aircraft was forced to return to the airport in Kiev on demand of the Security Service of Ukraine.

21.10.2016

Preliminary stage of reconstruction of M6 Minsk–Grodno finished
Preliminary stage of reconstruction of M6 Minsk–Grodno finished The preliminary stage of the reconstruction of the highway M6 Minsk – Grodno is over. At some sections, people get down to a next stage of the reconstruction. For the first time, Belarusian enterprises became contractors after winning the international contest. The highway will have split-level intersections, and reinforced concrete barrier will be installed for the first time in Belarus. This will allow increasing the speed limit for light motor vehicles up to 120 km/h.

13.10.2016

Grodno ticket controllers now have video recorders to help settle conflicts
Grodno ticket controllers now have video recorders to help settle conflicts In Belarus' Grodno, video recorders will help ticket controllers fight free-riders. Ticket controllers have received modern gadgets. The novelty is designed to help solve conflict situations in public transport. Devices are attached to brand jackets. Records are stored up to a month.

12.10.2016

Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country"
Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country" Belarus is waiting for British businesses to come to the country, said the Belarus President meeting a member of the British royal family - Prince Michael of Kent on October 11. The representative of the royal family, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is visiting Belarus for the first time.

10.10.2016

Guide monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100
Tourist monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100 Minsk transportation system has become more mobile. An electronic guide will now become passengers' companion. The smart thing acts as a good assistant that lays routes, displays currency rates, weather and suggests places where you can eat and relax. Until the end of 2016, these monitors will be installed in all Minsk buses. In the future, the innovation will be implemented on other routes.

04.10.2016

11 countries taking part in Belarusian Transport Week
11 countries taking part in Belarusian Transport Week Construction of the second runway at Minsk National Airport is scheduled to be completed by 2018. This was one of the topics of the Belarusian Transport Week, which is underway in Minsk. Logistics, transit and of course mutual interests are in the center of attention in the Belarus capital this week, with some big players coming. Among the exhibitors are Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, and China. Taking part in the business forum are 11 countries.

28.09.2016

Flying cornflower: second branded Belavia plane arrives in Minsk on September 28
Flying cornflower: second branded Belavia plane arrives in Minsk on September 28 On September 28, the second branded Belavia plane will arrive in Minsk. It is one of the three branded Boeings 737-800 ordered in 2014 in the USA. The first flying cornflower arrived at the national airport on August 15. The third plane will arrive in December.

27.09.2016

National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day
National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day From September 26, the third entry into the territory of National Airport Minsk per day becomes chargeable. This change is due to an increase in passenger traffic as well as security issues. The first two visits with a limit of no more than 20 minutes will become free. The main objective of this measure is to streamline the movement of transport, first of all taxi drivers who use the free limit of 20 minutes numerous times a day seeking for clients.

23.09.2016

Trams decorated with sketches of Kazimir Malevich and Nina Kogan appear in Vitebsk
Trams decorated with sketches of Kazimir Malevich and Nina Kogan appear in Vitebsk Hundred-year-old paintings will appear on modern transport. Two trams and a trolleybus decorated with the sketches of Kazimir Malevich and Nina Kogan will be transporting Vitebsk residents starting from September 23. The graphic art, created by the famous artists a century ago, is adapted to modern days. Beside the drawings, people will be able to see the information about the authors, their works and the history behind the creation of the paintings.
4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk
4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk Bikers from across the globe are starting to arrive in Belarus for festivities connected with the closing of the summer season. On September 23, they were shown the sights of Belarus. Foreign tourists can visit numerous castles and historical sites. Special routes are designed for them. The most popular places for travelling bikers is Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, the Bialowieza Forest and Grodno. The official closing of season will take place on 24 September.

04.09.2016

Trolleybus driver becomes Minsk Citizen of the Year
Trolleybus driver becomes Minsk Citizen of the Year A solemn ceremony of awarding Minsk Citizen of the Year was held on September 3 in the Belarus capital as part of Minsk City Day celebrations. 13 residents of the capital received this honorary title for their great personal contribution to the development of the city. They are representatives of completely different professions: doctors, teachers, law enforcement officers, managers and businessmen. Among the awardees is Alexei Novikov. The trolleybus driver has covered nearly a million kilometers of city routes.

02.09.2016

Belarusian MAZ school buses meet all safety requirements
Belarusian MAZ school buses meet all safety requirements On September 2, pupils in Mogilev received 10 new school buses that meet all safety requirements and have spacious compartments for school bags. Purchasing of the transport is planned by the special program of the Development Bank. This program started in 2013 and will end in 2017.

25.08.2016

Dipped headlights required on Belarus roads from August 25
Dipped headlights required on Belarusian roads from August 25 From August 25, drivers on the road will have to mark themselves better.  On the eve of the new academic year, even in the daytime you must move with dipped headlights.  There will also be increased control over how drivers and pedestrians observe traffic rules near schools and kindergartens.

18.08.2016

Belavia's new branded Boeing to make first flight to Moscow
Belavia's new branded Boeing to make first flight to Moscow The new Boeing of the Belarusian air carrier Belavia will make a debut flight. The aircraft with the brand symbol - cornflower - leaves for Moscow on August 18, 2016. Minsk received the Boeing on August 15. It arrived straight from the factory in Seattle. The aircraft has new design both outside and inside. The plane is highly efficient, and its increased range makes it possible for many more direct routes.

17.08.2016

Belavia starts regular Minsk-Lviv flights
Belavia starts regular Minsk-Lviv flights The Belarusian air carrier Belavia is expanding its route network and is launching regular flights Minsk-Lviv. They will be operated four times a week. Regional jets Embraer 175 will be used on the new route. The first branded Belarusian aircraft, new Boeing 737, will begin to operate flights only after 20 August. When the vessel is cleared through customs, its characteristics will be dispatched to the aeronautical authorities of other countries. In turn, they may then give permission to fly. In the schedule the aircraft is put after 23 August.

09.08.2016

Belarusian Railways marks professional holiday
Belarusian Railways marks professional holiday 75% of freight and half of all passenger traffic in Belarus is transported by rail. Railway workers on August 7th celebrate their professional holiday. Upgrading railways and the increase of speed are the most important points on which Belarusian railway staff is working today. The total length of railroads in Belarus is more than 5 thousand kilometers.

03.08.2016

Vladimir Morozov, head of Belarusian Railways
First InterCity business class train travels from Gomel to Minsk On the eve of the professional holiday Belarusian Railways opened an interregional business class route. Gomel became the first of the regional centers of Belarus to which you can now get from the capital without interruption and with European comfort. The travel time is no more than three hours. Oksana Yakubovich, passenger:Such a comfortable train. I think everyone will be pleased to use it.

02.08.2016

Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team launched in Minsk
Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team launched in Minsk Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team have begun to ply the central streets of Minsk. The streets are also decorated with new themed billboards. Thus, Minsk residents and guests can join in to show their support for Belarusian athletes. The project Be Together with Olympic Team is intended to glorify the national sport and its best representatives, raise fans' morale and remind people about the main games of the four years, which involve Belarusian Olympians.

29.07.2016

Minsk public transport to get separate lanes
Minsk public transport to get separate lanes Minsk public transport speed is going to increase. An experiment was conducted in the Kamiennaja Horka neighborhood: a separate lane was built for buses and trolleybuses. Previously, public transport was prevented from moving by personal cars that turned right from the first lane (Minsk has right-hand traffic). But now buses and trolleybuses can start moving from the second lane. The experiment showed that transport speed has increased by an average of 20%. Even in rush hour, it arrives on time.

15.07.2016

Belavia not to cancel flights to Nice
Belavia not to cancel flights to Nice The Belarusian airline Belavia has no plans to cancel flights to Nice, where the terrorist attack took place on the night from 14 to 15 July. "Today we are preparing a flight to Paris and tomorrow to Nice. Airports are open, we are monitoring the situation. If there are any changes, we will inform you," said the press service of the airline.  Now Belavia carries out flights to Nice three times a week: Wednesdays and Saturdays (departure from Minsk at 8.30), as well as Sundays (departure at 12.10).

13.07.2016

Belarus plans to reduce customs clearance time
Belarus plans to reduce customs clearance time Revenues from transit in Belarus will increase to $1.5 billion. The Council of Ministers of Belarus discussed the program of development of transport capacity in 2016-2020.  The volume of logistics services are expected to grow by 1.5 times and there will be much more warehouse space.

07.07.2016

Rally Beijing-Paris featuring retro cars running through Belarus
Rally Beijing-Paris featuring retro cars runs through Belarus Dozens of vintage cars and crews from around the world are now in Belarus. The famous rally Beijing-Paris is running through Belarus. The participants are to overcome more than 13,000 kilometers in 36 days. It is not easy to do it since the age of some cars is about 100 years. The majority of them are quite rare models.

29.06.2016

Belarusians arrive from Istanbul: "That was really creepy!"
Belarusians arrive from Istanbul: "That was really creepy!" After a series of terrorist attacks the Istanbul airport was closed. Now the interrupted air service has been restored. The Belarusian airline did not fly to Istanbul today but the planned flight of Turkish Airlines was on schedule. The CTV crew talked with the passengers from Istanbul who arrived after the attack.

27.06.2016

Railway station opens in free economic zone Mogilev
Railway station opens in free economic zone Mogilev A railway station has been opened in the free economic zone Mogilev for the convenience of exporters. Raw materials and products will now be delivered here by rail transport. Among the residents of the economic zone are large woodworking plants. All products from these factories are exported. Previously, only road transport was used for shipping. Transportation by the new railway line will be cheaper. Its length is 6 kilometers. It was built for budget funds, as well as the entire infrastructure.

20.06.2016

Belavia opens Minsk-Palanga flight
Belavia opens Minsk-Palanga flight Dunes on the Lithuanian coast of the Baltic Sea are now only one hour away from Minsk. A new flight has been launched from the Belarusian capital to Lithuanian Palanga on June 19. This is a great opportunity not only for tourists but also for businessmen. Belavia now operates 48 various flights to various destinations, mainly in Europe.

19.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reconstruct entire health care and education in 2016-2020
Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reform entire healthcare and education system in 2016-2020 Before building plans for the future and listening to people's delegates, the Belarus President made a trip to the Gomel region. In principle, this is usual practice when the President personally gets familiar with the situation in Belarus’ regions and meets with labor collectives. This time he met with Spartak factory workers. Alexander Lukashenko wanted to see whether the life of the working class is “sweet”. And before starting the “economic locomotive” for the next five years, the President opened the Gomel-Minsk route for electric traction trains.
Belarusian tramcars celebrate 118th anniversary
Belarusian tramcars celebrate 118th birthday The oldest tramcar in Belarus celebrates its 118th anniversary. On June 18, 1898, the first Belarusian tramcar travelled through the streets of Vitebsk. Even Moscow and St. Petersburg did not have such a mode of transport. Another interesting fact is that electricity came to the city together with tramcars. The electric vehicles moved at a speed of only 14 kilometers per hour. This is why boys of the late 19th century considered it an honor to cling to the back of the tram to travel home without a ticket.

16.06.2016

New Belarus law blow for Uber?
Amended Belarus' transport law blow for Uber? Taxi passengers will get the right not to pay for a taxi ride if they are not given a check. Belarus' House of Representatives, which is the lower chamber of the parliament, has adopted the relevant amendments to the law "On the motor transport and road transportation" June 16. The document suggests some other changes.

13.06.2016

National Airport Minsk tops European punctuality ranking
National Airport Minsk tops May 2016 regional airports punctuality ranking National Airport Minsk has topped the On-Time Departure Performance Rating among European regional airports in May 2016. It is followed by two Norwegial airports, in Trondheim and Stavanger, according to FlyStats. The American resource monitors the accuracy of departure and arrival of aircraft and publishes monthly reports. In general, in 2015, the Belarusian aviation hub serviced 2.782 million passengers with more than 20 million flights made.

06.06.2016

High-speed business-class train to ply between Minsk and Gomel
High-speed business-class trains now ply between Minsk and Gomel It is now easier to get from Gomel to Minsk. Belarusian Railways has launched business class electric trains in this direction. Specialists have completed the next stage of railway line electrification, and now the largest cities of the country will be connected by interregional trains. There will be two stops (in Zhlobin and Bobruisk) on the three-hour road from Minsk to Gomel. A business class trip costs about $4.

31.05.2016

Automatic control of transit goods in 4 Belarusian checkpoints from June 1
Automatic control of transit goods at 4 Belarusian checkpoints to begin June 1 Belarusian customs has introduced contactless automatic release of transit goods. This means that a computer, not an official, will control trucks. The experiment began in November 2015 at the checkpoint Bruzgi-2. The contactless system reduced the queues and saved time, because about 4,500 trucks undergo customs clearance every day. 

24.05.2016

Drivers in Belarus must have headlights on even during daytime from May 25 to June 5
Drivers in Belarus must have headlights on even during daytime from May 25 to June 5 From May 25, drivers in Belarus, even in daytime, must have headlights on. This is a demand of traffic police, which is part of the nationwide campaign "Attention: Children!", which will run until June 5.  Motorists violating this paragraph will receive a warning or a fine of up to 2 base units.  The requirement about the lights during daytime is due to the start of the summer holidays and need to ensure children's safety on the roads. Inspectors of traffic police will be on duty near schools, cinemas and parks located near roadways.

22.05.2016

What are the pros of Belarus' transport system?
What are the pros of Belarus' transport system? This week, the first train from distant China with construction materials for the industrial park "Great Stone" arrived in Minsk region. Another related news: a river tourist route opens between Grodno and Lithuanian Druskininkai from early summer 2016. So water transport is not forgotten either, though Belarus is a land-locked country. But the leader is motor transport: cargo transportation has occupied first place in the export of services since the beginning of 2016. And then there is also subway and horse-drawn carriages - which are still a traditional means of transport in the

16.05.2016

First train from China arrives in Belarus after two-week journey
First train from China arrives in Belarus after two-week journey The first train with Chinese cargo arrived in Kolyadichi, near Minsk, on May 16 after a long route along the so-called Silk Road. More than 40 containers were on their way to Belarus from the city of Baoding for about two weeks. The new rail route is another next step in implementing the large-scale project "One belt - one way." Experts have noted its high commercial value. Delivery of goods by train takes almost three times less than by sea.

12.05.2016

Belarus to organize trolleybus traffic in Indian cities: "We know how to do this job"
Belarus to organize trolleybus traffic in Indian cities: 'We know how to do this job' A Belarusian-Indian business forum, which brought together several dozen domestic companies, started in New Delhi May 12. Taking part in it is Belarus' parliamentary delegation headed by speaker of the upper house of the parliament. The forum brought together leaders of both state-owned enterprises and representatives of private business. It is known that today the business community has added some specific projects to preliminary agreements.

06.05.2016

Number of alcohol-related road traffic accidents reduces in Belarus
Number of alcohol-related road traffic accidents reduces in Belarus The number of alcohol-related road traffic accidents has reduced by 50% since the beginning of 2016. The traffic police say that everything is simple: the higher the liability, the less desire to cross the forbidden line. They don’t feel speed. They don’t remember the rules and don’t follow them on purpose. They drive on the contraflow lane and don’t notice passers-by. And it seems that they don’t want to: life is a price for intoxicated entertainment.

26.04.2016

Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk
Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk On April 23, bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic countries, and from Western Europe gathered to open motorcycle season 2016. A grand parade from the Mound of Glory to the Sports Palace opened the season in Minsk. A concert program was organized near the palace. Bikers:I discovered Belarus two years ago and come here every season. It’s awesome! I’ve brought bikers from Finland to Minsk for the first time. They are stunned!

25.04.2016

Motorcycle season opens in Minsk with large-scale biker rally
Motorcycle season opens in Minsk with large-scale biker rally About 1,500 bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic and Western European countries gathered in Minsk April 23. This is not the first time a motorcycle rally has been held in the Belarus capital. Bikers love Belarus and continue to come here! Maxim Slizh reports. Tasya has been driving a motorcycle for more than 20 years. She began driving experience from the Soviet JAWA motorcycle. Today her iron friend is much more powerful. But the basic principle remains the same, she says.

04.03.2016

Minsk National Airport
Belavia to put all regional airports in place and to increase number of flights to Europe Belavia Belarusian airlines plan to operate charter flights from all the regional airports. Regular flights from Gomel, Grodno and Brest to Kaliningrad will be performed this summer. The aircraft will also fly to the summer resort Palanga in Lithuania. By the way, the European direction is the most popular one. Thus the number of flights and the capacity of the planes will be increased. And the ticket prices will be reduced. The flight fares fell by about 20% over 2016.

08.02.2016

Parking lot problem in Minsk still acute
Parking lot problem in Minsk still acute The future schedule of public transport in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, was the issue that last week seriously alarmed residents of Minsk. Information appeared that public transport in Minsk would no longer ply after 11pm, by analogy with Helsinki and Shanghai. On the internet, there was information that subway times would be reduced too and Minsk residents would have to use expensive taxis. On weekday, at 11 o'clock at night, we go down in the subway to see whether there is demand in subway at this hour.

04.02.2016

National Airport Minsk 2nd runway to be suitable even for Airbus A380
National Airport Minsk 2nd runway to be suitable even for Airbus A380 The new runway at National Airport Minsk will be 60 meters longer than the existing one and the concrete cover will be two times thicker, which will allow Belarus to take the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380. "It will be capable of receiving all aircraft types that exist today. Moreover, the equipment installed will be the most modern, and thus aircraft will be able to land at virtually any visibility," said representative of the Department of Aviation of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Valery Bolbotunov.
Yuri Vazhnik, chairman of Belarusian Association of Transport Experts and Surveyors
Minsk among leading road safety cities Minsk boasts one of the lowest accident rates among other European cities. The findings have been made within the framework of the pilot project Kind Road. Over 10 years, thanks to this program, the number of accidents in Minsk has reduced threefold.

02.02.2016

Vehicle recycling duty increases in Belarus
Vehicle recycling duty increases in Belarus Belarus has increased the rate of recycling duty. The relevant Council of Ministers decree will come into force on February 4. When importing transport from Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) member countries, fees for legal entities are up more than 1.5 times, payment for individuals rose more than 8 times. 

01.02.2016

Public transport hours to be reduced in Minsk in 2016?
Public transport hours to be reduced in Minsk in 2016? The working hours of Minsk's public transport may be cut later this year, said director of Minsk Transport and Communications enterprise Valery Shkuratov.

26.01.2016

Intellectual transport system for Minsk
Intellectual transport system for Minsk Minsk is going to use the intellectual transport system. The road project is being developed on the initiative of Minsk's traffic police together with their Chinese counterparts. The first example of the smart technology is a device detecting incidents and helping in route orientation.  Its work in the test mode at the intersection of Partizansky Avenue and the Minsk ring road has already proven its worth, experts and drivers say.

12.01.2016

LOT airline cancels Warsaw-Minsk flights amid bad weather
LOT airline cancels Warsaw-Minsk flights amid bad weather The airline LOT, because of bad weather, canceled today's flights Warsaw-Minsk (arriving on schedule at 15.05) Minsk and Warsaw (departure 15.55). Earlier the electronic scoreboard on the website of the National Airport Minsk read that the arrival of the Warsaw-Minsk flight is delayed. Passengers who had tickets for these flights have been offered to fly tomorrow or renew the tickets on other flights.

11.01.2016

Decreased penalties for drivers in Belarus? The Belarusian Interior Ministry has initiated the liberalization of the Administrative Code for motorists. In particular, it is suggested not to punish drivers for minor speeding (from 10 to 20 kilometers per hour). Another proposal concerns car accidents about which drivers have the right not to inform the traffic police. Now drivers can settle the problem not calling police after a minor car accident if material damage does not exceed 400 euros. This amount may be increased up to 1,000 euros.
Minsk 2015
Minsk 2015: Major Events of the Year Belarus emerges from winter holidays - Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and the New Year’s Eve - so it’s perfect time to look back on 2015 and remember the major events of the bygone year. In 2015, Minsk became a city of the world’s hope. The leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine came to Belarus to find a way to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Everything was meticulously prepared by the President of Belarus for hosting the talks between President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Poroshenko and President Hollande.

06.01.2016

New technologies for Minsk ring road
New technologies for Minsk ring road Minsk ring road will become literally intelligent. Such an intelligent transportation system is being introduced on this road. Inspectors are convinced that the new technology will help reduce the number of accidents. Minsk traffic police have big plans to ensure the safety of all road users. This is why about fifty traffic lights all over Minsk have been recently installed.  One of the main objectives is to keep safe children who go to school and back home.

04.01.2016

Billboard in Minsk
“This is Me Who…” billboard project in Minsk Billboards with the photos of Minsk‘s citizens have recently appeared in Minsk. The Minsk Executive Committee has presented its new social project called “This is Me Who…”. Billboards are featuring the posters with the photos of people from various professions: metro station workers, sound engineers, artists, and creators of street art.

17.12.2015

Belavia launch Minsk-Kharkiv-Minsk flight
Belavia launch Minsk-Kharkiv-Minsk flight A new flight of a Belarusian national carrier will connect Minsk and Kharkiv. This will be the third city in Ukraine Belavia makes flights today, after Kiev and Odessa.      The new flight is going to become beneficial for the air carrier.  There have been no regular flights between Minsk and Kharkiv since the late 80s. Special focus is on transit passengers from Russia to Ukraine, who have cut all air ties due to the ongoing conflict.

16.12.2015

Minsk Ring Road 2
Another section of Minsk Ring Road 2 about to open The Second Minsk Ring Road is being built ahead of schedule. Road workers are preparing the next section of the motorway. This is the section of the road that will connect the Vitebsk and Grodno highways. This winter, the speed here will be limited to 70 kilometers per hour. This is due to the peculiarities of the concrete cover in the first year after the commissioning.

15.12.2015

Nikolai Snopkov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus takes part in Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting for first time in observer capacity Belarus took part in the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an observer for the first time. The council meets annually. This year it was chaired by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The Belarusian delegation at the summit was headed by Deputy Head of Presidential Administration, chairman of the Belarusian-Chinese intergovernmental committee on cooperation Nikolai Snopkov. 

09.12.2015

Belavia suspends flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from December 10
Belavia suspends flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from December 10 The Belarusian national air carrier Belavia has suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. They will be temporarily stopped from December 10 for commercial reasons. The airline has not said about the length of the pause. On December 9, an aircraft will fly to Egypt to take tourists from a resort. The decision was made about a month ago, on the basis of applications of travel agencies.  The number of those wishing to go to holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh has reduced. The air company says it it now unprofitable to make flights on half-empty planes.

29.11.2015

Gomel airport benefits as Russia-Ukraine airlinks cut
Gomel airport benefits as Russia-Ukraine airlinks cut The Gomel airport is gaining popularity among European airlines. Interest in the air harbor grew after the closure of air links between Russia and Ukraine.  Companies carrying passengers found Gomel a suitable place for establishing indirect air links between Ukraine and Russia. It is the closest city to the borders of the two states. The scheme is already being used by airlines from Austria, Germany, Malta, Qatar, Serbia, and Slovenia. 

26.11.2015

Minsk police has switched to a special alert regime after Paris attacks
Who is responsible for Belarusians’ safety Law enforcement officers noticed a significant increase in the vigilance of Belarusians after the latest world events. Our citizens are more likely to report to the police about ownerless and suspicious objects. In Vitebsk, during one day, there were four cases of evacuation. In the capital, two metro station exits were blocked because of the forgotten shopping bags. These were false alarms but the work of those who is responsible for our security and citizens’ vigilance is not in vain.
Car in Belarus gets cute warm sweater reminding drivers to change to winter tyres
Car in Belarus gets cute warm sweater reminding drivers to change to winter tyres Winter is coming and some motorists worry about whether their cars feel comfortable. Gomel traffic police have decided to sew a warm sweater for a car, the only such in Belarus. Thus the traffic police have chosen such an unusual way to remind car enthusiasts of the necessity to change summer tyres. Seamstress Yulia Kovaleva has dressed her car in bright clothes.

15.11.2015

Minsk-Kiev: Belavia opens additional flights
Minsk-Kiev: Belavia opens additional flights A new flight has connected Kiev and Minsk. The Belarusian national air carrier began to operate flights in this direction three times a day instead of two. Previously, all the aircrafts landed in Boryspil International Airport, but now they head for Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany), which is closer to the centre of the city. The aircraft carries about 60 passengers. A Minsk-Kyiv flight takes 50 minutes.

07.11.2015

Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians cancel travels to Egypt
Foreign Ministry recommends Belarus' tourists to cancel travels to Egypt The Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusian tourists to cancel travels to Egypt for now. This is due to the decisions of the authorities of some states to restrict air travel to the country of pyramids.  Russian airlines have also adjusted the flight schedule, including due to the recent Russian plane crash in Egypt.

06.11.2015

Belarus-World Bank: current and future joint projects
Belarus-World Bank: current and future joint projects Belarus and the World Bank (WB) have discussed new areas of cooperation. Belarus has been a member of the WB for more than 20 years. In the last two years the credit supply for Belarus has increased considerably. Road building, water supply, education and other spheres are among common interests. For about four years, a massive reconstruction of Brest city sewage treatment plants has been implemented. In 2010, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development started financing the construction of sewage treatment plants for phosphorus and nitrogen elimination.

26.10.2015

Minsk-Odessa flight opens The new flight Minsk-Odessa of Belarusian airlines is designed for tourists, businessmen, as well as transit through our country. Convenient and regular service will definitively affect trade between Belarus and Ukraine and cooperation in the tourism sector.

15.10.2015

Minsk new master plan presented October 14, put up for public discussion
Minsk new master plan presented October 14, put up for public discussion Minsk will not grow geographically. The prospects of development of the city are being discussed citywide these days during the presentation of the advanced master plan of the capital. Its preparation took several years. And now, the document was submitted for public discussion. But the number of stories in houses will increase. 

07.10.2015

Yevgeny Rogachev, First Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications to the Republic of Belarus
Belarus' participation in Economic Belt of Silk Road discussed October 7 in Minsk Transit of goods from China through Belarus will grow. The prospects of participation of Belarus in the economic zone of the Silk Road was discussed in Minsk October 7.  Now the sides are working on the development of the state logistics system, as well as the formation of the digital transport and customs corridors.    

06.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko: Minsk will be saved thanks to 2nd Ring Road
Alexander Lukashenko: Minsk will be saved thanks to 2nd Ring Road One of the sections of Minsk's second ring road is now open. The ceremony was attended by President Alexander Lukashenko. The road of about 24 kilometers lies between two motorways: the M3 and the P28. They connect Minsk with the Vitebsk and Naroch.
Belarus opens section of Minsk's 2nd Ring Road October 6
Belarus opens section of Minsk's 2nd Ring Road October 6 One of the sections of Minsk's second ring road is now open. The ceremony was attended by President Alexander Lukashenko. The road of about 24 kilometers lies between two motorways: the M3 and the P28. They connect Minsk with the Vitebsk and Naroch.

24.09.2015

Two-hour long Vilnius-Minsk travel from 2016
Two-hour long Vilnius-Minsk travel from 2016 From Vilnius to Minsk in 2 hours. The Belarusian Railways started the electrification of the section from Molodechno to the state border of Belarus and Lithuania. The works will be completed next year. A Chinese company that will supply electrical equipment is involved in the project. Financing will be carried out using mainly a loan of the Export-Import Bank of China. Electrification of the railway is being carried out in Lithuania too.

20.09.2015

Airline Transaviaexport now using new type of cargo planes
Airline Transaviaexport now using new type of cargo planes In 2015, Trasaviaeksport purchased a Boeing 747-200. This is step forward measuring a few thousand kilometers, because the plane can make non-stop flights with a maximum load, for example from Belarus to China.  Transaviaexport has been present in the market of air cargo since 1992. The basis of the company's fleet are heavy ramp aircraft IL-76. They have proven their reliability and versatility.
Belarus' Polotsk joins European Mobility Week
Belarus' Polotsk joins European Mobility Week Residents of Polotsk offered to discuss a city mobility plan. This is a kind of strategy for the development of transport infrastructure: from the creation of bicycle paths to the massive construction of new interchanges and roads. The project was developed by experts specifically for the European Mobility Week. Vladimir Katorets, bus driver (Vitebsk):Driving professionalism is a very big factor in our business, given our traffic situation, you need to match this level.

09.09.2015

Mayor Sinisa Mali offers Minsk to participate in modernization of Belgrade's trolleybus fleet
Mayor Sinisa Mali offers Minsk to participate in modernization of Belgrade's trolleybus fleet Mayor of Belgrade Siniša Mali is on a visit to Minsk. The Serbian side has come with specific cooperation proposals. After seeing Belarus' developments, the mayor of the Serbian capital made a specific proposal - to participate in the modernization of the entire trolleybus park of Belgrade, which is scheduled for early next year.

07.09.2015

Single air transfer system to be introduced in Eurasian Economic Union
Single air transfer system to be introduced in Eurasian Economic Union It will be easier to travel with changes in international airports of Eurasian Economic Union member states. The Eurasian Economic Commission adopted a decision to introduce a uniform system of air transfer. Passengers will no longer have to re-register luggage in their transit city. Now this will be done by the carrier. Airports of Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Belarus will move to a new system of work by the middle of autumn 2015.

18.08.2015

Street cars in Minsk to move on rails without sleepers
Street cars in Minsk to move on rails without sleepers Until September 1, movement of trams in the Minsk center will be restored. Along Kozlova Street, road workers dismantled the old rails, and then replaced them with new ones, without ties. This is the technology applied on tram tracks in Prague and Budapest, where street trains are perhaps the main means of public transport. Rails without ties, the know-how of foreign cities, will soon appear at the intersection of Kozlova and Dolgobrodskaya Streets.

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