IRAN: An agreement worth around US$13bn for China to construct eight lines was announced by the Construction & Development of Transportation Infrastructures Co after Chinese officials visited Tehran during February.

A joint office has been set up to manage the project and associated technology transfer, but no dates were announced for the start or end of work.

Meanwhile, national railway RAI and Russian Railways have agreed to establish a joint working group to develop proposals and a timescale for electrifying the Tehran - Bafgh line. In 2009 RZD began work to electrify the 48 km Tabriz - Azarshahr line under a contract signed the previous year (RG 8.09 p50).

A tripartite memorandum of understanding was signed by RZD, RAI and Azerbaijan Railways on February 9 under which a joint venture is to be established to build the Rasht - Astara link across the Iran-Azerbaijan border, providing a through route between Russia and Iran via Azerbaija

Planned lines
Project Length, km
Tehran - Mashhad 900
Tehran - Qom - Esfahan 410
Qazvin - Rasht - Astara 370
Arak - Kermanshah - Khosravi 569
Chabahar - Zahedan - Mashhad 1340
Gorgan - Bojnourd - Mashhad 646
Tehran - Hamadan - Sanandaj 408
Sari - Rasht 366