Turkey’s Railway Announcement ‘Aimed to Appease Baku’

14/11/2013 (Asbarez.com - Armenian)—Giro Manoyan, director of the international secretariat of the ARF, says Turkey’s consideration of reopening the railway link between Turkey and Armenia is aimed at “opening a position in negotiations with Azerbaijan.” Manoyan was in Istanbul to attend a Socialist International meeting.

“I believe Mr. Davutoğlu’s announcement was more like a negotiation maneuver with Aliyev, rather than with Armenia. I’m not sure what Turkey is expecting from Azerbaijan, but I think Davutoğlu’s not so secret announcement, which was made during a closed door session in Parliament, was actually made public for the Turkish side to have a sort of opening position in negotiations with Azerbaijan,” Manoyan said on Nov. 12 in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News..

Istanbul's new rail tunnel links Europe and Asia

10/11/2013 (NDTV - India) Turkey has opened an underwater railway tunnel linking Europe and Asia, and the two sides of Istanbul, realizing a plan initially proposed by an Ottoman sultan about 150 years ago.
The Marmaray tunnel runs under the Bosporus, the strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and divides Istanbul between Asia and Europe. The tunnel is 13.6 kilometres (8.5 miles) long, including an underwater stretch of 1.4 kilometres (4,593 feet)...

Tehran to host first meeting on joint Azerbaijani-Iranian railway project

13/11/2013 (Azernews - Azerbaijan):A delegation from Azerbaijan's Transport Ministry will take part in the second meeting of the working group on the "North-South" railway project, to be held in the Iranian city of Rasht, November 17-18.The project involves the connection of the railway systems of Azerbaijan and Iran with the help of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway...

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan discuss transport corridor project through Iran

15/11/2013 (Trend - Azerbaijan): By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend: The meeting of the joint Turkmen-Uzbek commission for trade and economic, scientific and technical and cultural cooperation took place in Ashgabat, with the participation of the sectorial ministries and agencies of the two countries, a message from the Turkmenistan government said.According to the message, the Uzbek delegation at the meeting was headed by the country's Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade Elyor Ganiyev...

Russian Railways Readies Long-Awaited $1.7b Railway in East Kalimantan

14/11/2013 (Jakarta Globe - Indonesia): Russian Railways, Russia’s largest rail and locomotive company, hopes to begin soon the construction of a freight line in East Kalimantan after more than a year of preparing for the venture.Denis Muratov, an adviser to the president of Russian Railways, told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday that the company was investing $1.7 billion in a railway stretching almost 190 kilometers from West Kutai district to Balikpapan city, the country’s coal and oil hubs, respectively...

Kazakh Railways chief upbeat on future cooperation with China

12/11/2013 (Xinhuanet - China): Kazakhstan and China have bright prospects in railway cooperation, which is developing dynamically, said Askar Mamin, president of Kazakhstan Railways.

Both the volume of traffic and the number of transit corridors are growing steadily between the two countries, Mamin said in a recent interview with Xinhua during the 2nd International Transport and Logistics business forum titled "The New Silk Road", held in Astana

Iraq and Turkey agree on opening new border gates


22/11/2013 (Turkish Weekly - Tuekey): Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement to open two new border gates following talks with Iraq’s central government and autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı said in a written statement yesterday...

Turkey's Official: Baku-Tbilisi-Kars to be completed by end of 2014

21/11/2013 (AzerNews - Azebijan): Project construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be completed by the end of 2014 at the latest, Turkish Minister of Transport, Shipping and Communications Binali Yildirim told to the local Turkish media on November 21.
According to the minister, construction work within the framework of the BTK railway project continues.
Earlier, Azerbaijan's Deputy Minister of Transportation Musa Panahov said that despite the complexity of the relief on the territory of Georgia and Turkey, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be put into operation in 2014.

High-speed gauge railway construction set to begin

21/11/2013 (Standard Digital - Kenya): Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said the ground-breaking ceremony that marks the commencement of the project will take place in a week’s time.  In a clear indication of the Government’s stamp of approval for China Road and Bridge Corporation to undertake the project, Mr Kamau warned that any further delay would see Kenya miss its ambitious economic growth projections.  “The Government carried out due diligence and the company meets technical, managerial, financial and legal capacities to implement the project,” Kamau said.

TransContainer launches new container train Kaliningrad - Moscow

22/11/2013 (PortNews - Russia): TransContainer and the Kaliningradskaya railway (RZD branch) launches new container train on the route Kaliningrad – Moscow, TransContainer says in its press release.First train (57 flatcars length) departed on 19 November 2013 from the TransContainer terminal Kalinigrad-Sortirovochny of the Kalinigradskaya railway to the destination point Kupavna of the Moscow railway. The train consists of the TransContainer flatcars and estimated time of the route is 2,5 days.The train is oriented for transportation of TransContainer containers with polyethylene terephthalate under the trade mark Eköpet - the products of LLC Alko-Nafta, the resident of special economic zone of the Kalinigradskaya area