az Baku suburban ring line inauguration (9)

AZERBAIJAN: The Abşeron Peninsula circular railway has been completed, with President Ilham Aliyev inaugurating the reopened Pirşağı – Görədil – Novxanı – Sumqayıt section on March 18 to complete a 91 route-km electrified railway ring serving Baku and its suburbs.

az Baku suburban ring line inauguration (7)

The circular railway project was announced in January 2018 with a budget of 100m manat. Its scope included modernising the existing railway running northwest between Baku and Sumqayıt via Biläcarı, and bringing back into use a disused alignment connecting Baku and Sumqayıt via Sabunçu and Pirşağı to the east and north.

az Baku suburban ring line inauguration (3)

The first phase using 13·5 km of modernised route eastwards from Baku’s main station to a new hub at Sabunçu was inaugurated last May, and the Sabunçu –Zabrat 1 – Zabrat 2 – Mammadli – Pirşağı section followed in November.

  • Because of the coronavirus crisis, national railway ADY is to suspend passenger services from March 19 to 29, except on Baku suburban routes. Long-distance trains will leave the capital for the regions on March 18 and 19, but will return empty.