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RZD to support Kyrgyzstan railway upgrade

01 Apr 2019

KYRGYZSTAN: Construction of a China – Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan railway and links between the disconnected northern and southern sections of the national network are among the projects to be studied jointly by state railway KTJ and Russian Railways under the terms of a memorandum of co-operation to develop the Kyrgyz network.

The memorandum was signed in Bishkek on March 28 by Minister of Transport & Roads Zhanat Beishenov, Director General of KTJ Kanatbek Abdykerimov, Russia’s Minister of Transport Yevgeny Dietrich and Chairman of Russian Railways Oleg Belozyorov.

RZD said the memorandum ‘notes the positive dynamics and effectiveness’ of work already undertaken with KTJ to develop a preliminary feasibility study for the phased development of the 1 520 mm gauge network. The parties now intend to make proposals for project implementation.

KTJ carried 7·4 million tonnes of freight in 2018, a 104% increase on the previous year thanks to improved relations with neighbouring Uzbekistan. It also carried 291 600 domestic and 33 100 international passengers.