First Iran-Azerbaijan freight trains to be launched in late November (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted at 11:37)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 12
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
The first freight trains will operate on the Astara (Azerbaijan) - Astara (Iran) railroad section in late November 2017, said Javid Gurbanov, chairman of the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC.
Gurbanov made the remarks at the Argus Azerbaijan International Petroleum Summit 2017 in Baku Oct. 12.
Construction of the Astara (Azerbaijan) - Astara (Iran) section of the International North-South Transport Corridor has been almost completed, according to him.
“All the work in Azerbaijan’s territory has been completed. A railway bridge over the Astarachay river is ready, and the first test train will be launched over it in March.”
The International North-South Transport Corridor is meant to connect Northern Europe with Southeast Asia. It will serve as a link connecting the railways of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia.
The corridor is planned to transport 5 million tons of cargo per year at the initial stage and more than 10 million tons of cargo in the future.