With the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikaşvili, the first official train service from Baku will start on October 30, and the cargo to be transported on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line will reach 50 million tons annually.
Was contracted in 2007 and laid the foundation in July 2008, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project, 79 kilometers from Turkey, 246 kilometers from Georgia, is 504 kilometers passing through Azerbaijan.
It is provided with transport from Turkey to Georgia border tunnel in the project. 2 thousand 375 meters of the tunnel Turkey, 2 thousand 70 meter in Georgia's borders.
“International transportation potential of 50 million tons annually”
Marmaray line with the Middle East via Turkey to Europe through railway network connecting Asia, the Caucasus and transportation will be easier between European countries. With the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway connection, international transportation potential will reach 50 million tons annually.
Said the Marmaray project, and this project supports the construction of other rail projects from Asia to Europe, in very large volumes of cargo that can be carried from Europe to Asia will remain an important part in Turkey. Thus, Turkey will be able to obtain billions of dollars in long-term transportation revenue.
With the commissioning of the line, 1 million passengers and 6,5 million tons of cargo will be transported. Turkey and Asia, between the Caucasus and Europe, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will reach annual 50 million tons in connection with international transport potential will emerge.
The project, which will bring vitality to the region in terms of both employment and employment, became the third largest project of all three countries after the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum projects in the energy sector.
“The line will enable the products to reach target markets”
Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, said in a statement, "Iron Silk Road" called the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project is of great importance for Turkey, he said.
Indicating that a train departing from London with the project can go to Beijing without interruption, Arslan stated that the Iron Silk Road will create serious added value to the countries and the region on the route.
Arslan emphasized that the line will stimulate the economy of the region and will enable the products to reach the target markets.