Uzbekistan: First test train through tunnel under Kamchik Pass expected in mid April

Uzbekistan Railways plans to run the first test train through the 19.1 kilometer tunnel beneath Kamchik Pass, on new electrified Angren – Pap railway on 15th of April according to local press. The Kamchik pass is the only route connecting the Ferghana Valley, the Uzbekistan’s most eastern region, to the capital Tashkent, shortening journey times by two hours, and the rest of the country. The rail line will also improve the railway connection of the Uzbek part of the Fergana Valley to the Transport Corridor Europe–Caucasus–Asia (TRACECA) rail transport corridors running east-west through Turkmenistan-Caspian-Caucasus-Turkey and Kazakhstan-Russia, potentially adding traffic to these routes.

ZUBR container block-train could reach China via Azerbaijan

Latvia is interested in extending the ZUBR container block-train route through Ukraine to Azerbaijan and then to China, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in a briefing after negotiations with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku Feb. 13 (Trend Agency).

The discussion highlighted the issue of attracting cargo deliveries from Azerbaijan by the ZUBR container train connecting transport hubs in the Baltic, Black and Caspian Sea regions.

The ministers agreed that the successful positioning of ZUBR depends on a competitive offer of tariffs and, therefore, it is essential to promote dialogue between the responsible public institutions and the private sector.