Seven countries sign China-Europe rail freight agreement

CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) says that itself and railway authorities from Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland and Russia have signed an agreement to deepen their levels of cooperation on China-Europe intermodal rail freight services.

The agreement commits the authorities to push for better railway infrastructure to enhance the speed, convenience and competitiveness of services, and to improve customs procedures. In addition, information sharing platforms will be incorporated to improve safety, while a joint work team will be formed to solve problems associated with the transcontinental rail freight.

China is pushing the growth of rail freight to Europe as part of its “One Belt One Road” economic strategy and transit countries are steadily embracing the initiative as a means of enhancing their own infrastructure and promoting economic development.

Since the first transcontinental service was launched in 2011, the network has grown to serve 27 Chinese cities and 28 destinations across Europe.

Traffic restrictions persist in 2 regions of Kazakhstan due to high water

Traffic restrictions persist in Kostanay and North Kazakhstan regions due to high water, Kazinform has learned from Kazakhavtodor. Sections of the Yekaterinburg-Almaty and Sarykol village-border of North Kazakhstan region highways were closed for all types of transport in Kostanay region due to flooding. Sections of the Chelyabinsk-Novosibirsk highway in North Kazakhstan region were shut down for the same reason. Washaways are observed on the Yekaterinburg-Almaty highway as well.