Friday, September 9 2016 10:21
Alexandr Avanesov

Iranian minister says railroad from northern city of Rasht to Turkey will connect cities to Turkey, Armenia and Nakhijevan

ArmInfo. Iranian Minister  of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said that the country is  trying to connect the northern city of Rasht to Turkey via railroad,  according to ilna.ir. 

"We are developing all railroads from Rasht to Zanjan and Tabriz  cities. The railroad would connect the cities to Turkey, Armenia and  Nakhijevan," he said.

He said that boosting train speed is also considered besides boosting  the capacity of loads.  Akhoundi continued that the process includes  Tabriz and Gilan cities and connecting them to Azerbaijan.

He noted that Iran aims to expand railroads from Qasr-e Shirin to  Iraq and then to Syria and to Mediterranean Sea through Kurdistan.

The railway from Armenia to Nakhijevan is idling due to the conflict  over Nagorno Karabakh. So, a feasibility study of a railway  connecting Armenia and Iran has been developed. 

To recall, Armenia and Iran signed a concession agreement in May  2012. In cooperation with Dubai-based investment company, Rasia FZE,  a feasibility study of the Southern Railway project was developed. It  is anticipated that the construction will take 6 years. The  feasibility study of the project Southern Railway of Armenia  (Iran-Armenia railway) is ready. The railway is supposed to connect  Asia with Central Europe.  It will be 305 km long and will consist of  86 bridges and 60 tunnels. The estimated cost of the project is  $3.5bn. According to the presented project the construction will be  finished in 2022.  It is anticipated that the annual freight activity  on the railway route from Gagarin Station (Gegharkunik region) to  Agarak (Syunik region) will total 25 million tons. This route is by  44 shorter than the earlier planned railway section Gavar-Agarak.  It  will be linked to the operating railway network. The launch of the  Southern Railway of Armenia and Southern Highway of Armenia was  announced in Jan 2013.  Then a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding  was signed by the South Caucasus Railway of Armenia, Ministry of  Transport and Communications of Armenia and Rasia FZE.


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