AZERBAIJAN: President Ilham Aliyev attended a ceremony on February 10 marking the completion of a two-year project to modernise Baku station and national railway company ADY’s offices.

The Moorish-style station building dating from 1884 has been restored externally, while the interior dating from a refurbishment in 1926 and the adjacent buildings added in 1977 have been altered to meet modern needs. New ticket offices have been provided, along with shopping and catering facilities, lifts for passengers with disabilities and parent and baby rooms. There is free wi-fi in the station, and CCTV coverage.

The refurbishment also included ADY’s administrative building dating from 1956, which has 505 rooms and a 280-seat auditorium.