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    First Iran to Afghanistan freight train

    2020-12-03T09:45:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: A trial freight train delivered more than 400 tonnes of cement from Iran to Rosnak in Herat province on December 2, ahead of the ceremonial inauguration of the newly completed railway which is scheduled for this month. A passenger train also carried Iranian railway officials ...

  • CNR Dalian electric locomotive for Uzbekistan.
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    Central Asia transport strategy for 2030

    2020-03-10T06:01:00Z

    ASIA: The Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation programme has published its Transport Strategy 2030, building on lessons learned from the Transport Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020. According to CAREC, 1 800 km of railway was built in the period covered by that strategy. ...

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    Afghans visit high speed rail training centre

    2020-01-19T06:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Staff from the Ministry of Transport recently travelled to China to be trained in railway management, signalling and operations. This included a visit to a high speed rail training centre. The Afghanistan Railway Authority said the engineers had acquired a ...

  • A contract for the design and construction of the first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built to link Khaf in Iran with Herat province has been signed by the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Kazak company Integra Construction.
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    Herat province railway construction contract signed

    2019-12-12T10:28:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: A contract for the design and construction of the first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built to link Khaf in Iran with Herat province has been signed by the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Kazak company Integra Construction. ...

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    Afghanistan – China rail freight service sets off

    2019-09-09T12:00:00Z

    Afghanistan AFGHANISTAN: An inaugural service carrying freight for export to China by rail left Hairatan in northern Afghanistan on September 5, carrying 1 100 tonnes of talc in 41 containers. The train crossed the Soviet-built road-rail Friendship Bridge over the Amu Darya into Uzbekistan. ...

  • Work has been completed between the Iranian railhead at Khaf and the border with Afghanistan.
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    Afghanistan approves fourth section of Khaf – Herat railway

    2019-02-21T11:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Design and construction of the 43 km first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built from Iran to Herat was approved by the National Procurement Commission at its meeting on February 18. The 1 435 mm gauge line is being built in four sections. Work has ...

  • Asian Development Bank has awarded a US$2m grant to support CAREC railway development (Photo: ADB).
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    ADB grant to help CAREC countries move from landlocked to land-linked

    2019-02-11T12:00:00Z

    ASIA: The Asian Development Bank has awarded a US$2m regional technical assistance grant to support the development of railway strategies and institutional capabilities in the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation countries. CAREC comprises Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and six multilateral institutions. ...

  • A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the development of the freight terminal at Aqina on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border.
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    Afghan railway terminal expansion MoU signed

    2018-11-15T09:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: A memorandum of understanding for the development of the freight terminal at Aqina on the Afghan-Turkmenistan border, including the construction of 10 track-km of main line and sidings, was signed by the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Railways in Ashgabat on November 2. The MoU has six ...

  • Design work has been completed from a link from Tajikistan's rail network to Sher Khan Bandar in Afghanistan.
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    Tajikistan – Afghanistan railway construction could start this year

    2018-07-18T12:58:18Z

    ASIA: Design work has been completed and Tajikistan could begin construction of a cross-border rail link to Afghanistan by end of 2018, the Afghanistan Railway Authority said on July 16. An ARA team led by Chief Executive Mohammad Yamma Shams recently travelled to Tajikistan to discuss the project, and technical ...

  • Uzbekistan has pledged to provide US$500m towards construction of a railway from Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance said.
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    Uzbekistan backs Afghan rail proposal

    2018-04-18T06:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Uzbekistan has pledged to provide US$500m to part-fund the construction of a 657 km railway from Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance said following an international conference on Afghanistan held in Toshkent on March 26-27. The proposed line would be an extension of the existing 75 km route ...

  • A ceremony to mark the completion of work to upgrade the 13 km rail link between Serhetabat in Turkmenistan and Towraghondi in Afghanistan took place on February 23.
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    Turkmenistan – Afghanistan railway modernised

    2018-02-26T15:11:46Z

    ASIA: A ceremony to mark the completion of work to upgrade the 13 km rail link between Serhetabat in southern Turkmenistan and Towraghondi in northern Afghanistan took place on February 23. This formed part of a pair of ceremonies which were held in Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to mark the completion ...

  • An 88 km railway from Atamyrat in Turkmenistan to the Ymamnazar border crossing and Akina in Afghanistan was opened by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Ashraf Ghani.
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    Afghanistan and Turkmenistan open Lapis Lazuli railway

    2016-11-28T10:20:00Z

    ASIA: A line running 85 km from Atamyrat in Turkmenistan to the Ymamnazar border crossing point and 3 km onwards to Afghanistan’s border facilities at Akina was officially opened by Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani who ceremonially tightened a golden bolt on November 28. The 1 ...

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    Chinese freight train reaches Hairatan

    2016-09-07T16:10:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: The first through freight train from China was formally welcomed into the northern rail port at Hairatan on September 7, although it was reported to have arrived a day earlier following a 3 000 km transit taking 14 days. With the locomotive carrying a headboard proclaiming Central Asia Train: ...

  • Canarail is to undertake a feasibility study for the proposed railway from Herat to Towraghondi in Afghanistan.
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    Herat railway feasibility study contract signed

    2016-04-18T05:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: The Ministry of Public Works has awarded Canadian consultancy Canarail a contract to undertake a technical feasibility study for a proposed railway which would run from the northwestern city of Herat to the railfreight terminal at Towraghondi on the border with Turkmenistan. The contract was signed on April ...

  • Railway from Hairatan to Mazar-i-Sharif (Photo: David Brice).
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    Afghan railway tendering begins

    2014-11-05T07:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: The Afghanistan Railway Authority has invited expressions of interest in three performance-based contracts to operate, maintain and manage the 75 km railway from Hairatan on the Uzbek border to a freight terminal near Mazar-i-Sharif. Responses from ‘experienced, high calibre and competent national and international’ companies should be submitted to ...

  • Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training support.
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    Iran shares railway expertise with Afghanistan

    2014-06-27T06:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training to support its plans for railway development and expansion. RAI said Iran would send technical experts to advise on railway organisation, maintenance and construction, to help accelerate the development of the ...

  • The proposed lines would link to the existing 75 km line from Hairatan to Mazar-i-Sharif.
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    Afghan government commissions east - west rail study

    2013-12-11T16:36:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: The Ministry of Public Works has commissioned a feasibility study for a proposed 300 km east - west railway across northern Afghanistan. The C$3·7m contract announced on December 11 has been awarded to Systra's Canadian freight railway consultancy Canarail and its partner Appleton Consulting Inc, which specialises in programme ...

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    Three presidents launch construction of international rail link

    2013-06-06T07:41:00Z

    TURKMENISTAN: President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was joined by his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and Tajikistan’s Emomali Rahmon in Atamyrat on June 5 for a ceremony to launch construction of the first phase of a railway planned to link the three countries. A time capsule containing a letter ‘addressed to posterity’ by ...

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    Three countries agree rail link co-ordination

    2013-04-25T06:00:00Z

    ASIA: The first meeting of a working group to co-ordinate the construction of railway branches from Turkmenistan and Tajikistan into Afghanistan and a line linking them through northern Afghanistan was held on April 18. This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the presidents of the three countries ...

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    Central Asian strategic transport plan agreed

    2012-11-05T05:00:00Z

    ASIA: Meeting at Wuhan in China at the end of October, ministers from the 10 Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Program countries agreed an action plan to implement transport infrastructure projects costing more than US$23bn, together with energy and trade initiatives aimed at improving connectivity. The majority of the medium-term ...