Azerbaijan inaugurates new link to Iran

March 06, 2017

Azerbaijan officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries. Construction on the 8.3km link began in April 2016, and the line runs from Astara, Azerbaijan, to the Iranian border city of the same name. The Azerbaijan - Iran project is considered as a key missing link in the North-South Transport Corridor, which is proposed to provide a direct rail link between India and the Caucuses to Russia and northern Europe, and is projected to carry up to 10 million tonnes of freight per year.

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