Iran to expand its rail network

Over the next five years, Iran's railway organisation expects to increase not only its network coverage, but also cargo and passenger numbers.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  May 29, 2005

Iran’s rail cargo transportation capacity is expected to reach 53 million tonnes by the end of its fourth five-year economic development plan that will end in 2010. Iran’s Railway Organisation also expects to see its passenger transportation capacity to rise by 12.8% a year on average, to 33.6 million people. “The rise in cargo and passenger traffic on our rail network is due to the expansion of the railway network to 8000 km, which will provide cheaper services for economic and tourist hubs with the country,” said Mohammad Saeednejad, managing director, Iran’s Railway organisation at the 17th annual Middle East Railways meeting in Tehran. He also added that the expansion plans would see the Sangan-Heart railway extend 201 km linking Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf. Among other expansion plans, the development of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway will be the next priority, linking the northern province, Gilan, to the state railway network, completing the western branch of the north-south corridor. “In the first phase of the project, five million tonnes of cargo will be transported annually and the figure will rise to 15 to 20 million tonnes in subsequent phases,” added Saeednejad. The railway organisation also added that connection to Iraq’s railway network to bridge the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf are among other programs.

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