Iran’s rail network to reach 28,000 km in 5 years: Minister

Iran’s transportation minister says the length of the country’s railway network will double in the next five years to reach 28,000 kilometers as the country keeps making efforts to encourage increased rail freight services.

15 July 2020
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Iran’s transportation minister says the length of the country’s railway network will double in the next five years as the country keeps making efforts to encourage increased rail freight services.

Mohammad Eslami said that the total length of Iran’s railway network will reach 28,000 kilometers by 2025.  

“There are further 14,000 kilometers of railway either under construction or being planned which by building this amount, we will reach 28,000 kilometers of railways within the next five years,” said Eslami.

The map shows Iran's current rail network 

The minister made the comments during a ceremony held for finalizing a major rail line connecting a dry port near Tehran to the southern port of Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s largest port operator Tidewater Middle East Co. has promised to invest some 20 trillion rials (nearly $100 million) to connect terminals in Bandar Abbas to the Aprin dry port located southwest of the Iranian capital.

Eslami said the government has been making efforts to discourage road freight in Iran, a policy he said would finally benefit final consumers of goods and products in the country.

He said unloading and loading at major Iranian ports had increased from 147 million metric tons per year in 2018 to 172 million tons in 2019, adding that the figure could have increased more if the ports had more access to the railway network.

 

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