Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway to open in 2015

Monday, February 24, 2014

Georgia will complete project on time, economy minister says.

Georgia will complete project on time, economy minister says.

BAKU, Azerbaijan - The Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway project between Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia will enter into service in the second half of 2015, Azerbaijani Transportation Minister Ziya Mammadov said.

A bilateral cooperation council meeting was held in Baku Monday, with Georgia's Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in attendance.

The Kars-Tblisi-Baku Railway Project is a regional rail link project to directly link Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The project was originally due to be completed in 2010.

The 826 kilometer railway will transport one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of freight at the first stage. This capacity will later reach three million passengers and over 15 million tons of freight.

Mammadov said at a press conference following the meeting, “We will carry out some tests at the Turkish border towards the end of 2014...the railway will be in service the second half of 2015.”

He also said the construction of a 400-meter tunnel at Turkish and Georgian border is nearing its completion.

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