Azerbaijan-Iran railway bridge to be ready at year-end
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
Construction of a railway bridge across the Astarachay River at the border of Azerbaijan and Iran as part of the North-South Transport Corridor will be completed in December 2016, Javid Gurbanov, head of Azerbaijan Railways, told reporters in Baku Nov. 23.
Gurbanov said the 8.3-kilometer section of the railway from the Astara Station to the bridge at the border with Iran is ready and has been tested.
The railway bridge across the Astarachay River is a strategically important facility that will link railways of Azerbaijan and Iran and will be a part of the Astara (Azerbaijan)-Astara (Iran) section of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).
The North-South Transport Corridor is meant to connect Northern Europe with Southeast Asia. It will serve as a link for connecting the railways of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia.
At the initial stage, it is planned to transport 6 million tons of cargo via the North-South corridor per year and to increase the figure to over 10 million tons in the future.
Follow the author on Twitter: @MaksimTsurkov