Transport Ministry of South Korea to Assist Azerbaijan in Increasing Speed of Railways
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend I.Khalilova / The Transport Ministry of Azerbaijan plans to increase the speed of the railways up to 150 km/h within the State Program on Railway Infrastructure Improvement in 2007-2011, the Ministry informs. The Transport Ministry of South Korea will provide assistance to Azerbaijan in this regard within the recently signed Memorandum on Intentions. Firstly reconstruction will be carried out on railway section from Baku-Boyuk-Kesik to border of Georgian and later in Yalama-Astara.
Presently the railway from Baku-Boyuk Kesik to Georgian border works on speed of 30 km/h and in several sections on speed of 160 km/h. Azerbaijan transporters intend to deliver it to 80 km/h in the first stage and gradually to 150 km/h.
Creating speed train is intended within the project on modernization of the railway infrastructure from Baku - Boyuk Kesik to Georgian border. The Transport Ministry considers that many sections on Azerbaijan railways are in need of improvement. Therefore, finances may be attracted from various sources.