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    Afghan government commissions east - west rail study


    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


    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


    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


    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 ...

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    Local rail specialists needed


    AFGHANISTAN: The government is keen to ‘eliminate the lack of rail experts’ in the country as it seeks to develop its embryonic network, according to Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi, Minister of Trade & Industry. Speaking during a visit to the border town of Hairatan on June 22, ul-Huq said that ‘we ...

  • First revenue train on the 75 km rail link from Hairatan arrives at Naibabad near Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan.

    Afghan railway starts commercial traffic


    AFGHANISTAN: Celebrations were held at Naibabad freight terminal at 12.00 on February 3, when ‘a substantial reception party’ greeted the arrival of the first train carrying commercial traffic on the 75 km rail link between Hairatan and Mazar-i-Sharif. The inaugural load comprised nine wagons of flour from Kazakhstan and ...

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    Afghan railway ambitions awarded funding


    AFGHANISTAN: Plans for east–west and north–south railways are making progress, with Asian Development Bank approving a US$754m multi-tranche package of transport assistance in September. As well as road rehabilitation this includes around US$300m for the extension of the recently-completed 75 km Hayratan – Mazar-i-Sharif railway 225 km west to Andkhvoy. ...

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    First major Afghan railway completed


    AFGHANISTAN: Freight services reportedly began running on Afghanistan's first major railway on August 20-21. This followed the signing on August 4 of a three-year agreement for Uzbek national railway UTY to operate the 75 km 1 520 mm gauge line, which it built at a cost of US$165m using Asian ...

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    Afghan rail strategy takes shape


    AFGHANISTAN: As work progresses rapidly on Afghanistan's first substantial railway, plans are firming up for a 1000 km standard gauge corridor running across the north of the country. This would give Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and potentially China access to world markets via the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas without requiring transit ...

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    Construction of Afghan railway launched


    AFGHANISTAN: A ceremony on January 22 marked the start of construction of a 75 km rail link from Uzbekistan to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The line is being built by Uzbek national railway UTY, which said it will be 'a vivid testimony to the friendly relations between ...

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    Afghan railway to go ahead with ADB funding


    AFGHANISTAN: Construction of a rail link to Mazar-i-Sharif is set to go ahead following Asian Development Bank's announcement of an US$165m grant on September 30. The Afghan government will provide US$5m towards the US$170m project, which is to be undertaken by Uzbek Railways under the supervision of the Afghan ...

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    Europe to China through Afghanistan


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    Opening up Afghan trade route to Iran


    Construction of a 191 km railway from Iran to Herat in Afghanistan, with the prospect of an extension across Afghan territory to Sher Khan Bandar, promises to stimulate trade with Central Asia. Murray Hughes reports

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    Afghan rebuild underway


    AFGHANISTAN: Ceremonies were held at Towraghondi in Afghanistan and Serhetabat in Turkmenistan on July 11, marking the start of work to rehabilitate 2 km of cross-border railway. The cost of the reconstruction is put at US$550 000, which Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov told Afghan President Hamid Karzai his country ...

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    Aid train reaches Afghanistan


    UZBEKISTAN Railways diesel locomotives began operating into Afghanistan on December 9, following the reopening of the Friendship Bridge across the Amudarya river near Termez. Built by the Soviet Union during the 1980s, the line into Afghanistan has been out of use for the past five years. The victory of Northern ...