Kazakhstan’s President launches two new railway links
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has launched two new railway links along the routes Zhezkazgan-Beineu and Arkalyk-Shubarkol, a Tengrinews.kz journalist reports, citing the Press Service of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Railways Operator.
Head of state thanked all the railway industry specialists and construction workers for the two major railway projects.
“The launch of the new links completes a whole main railway network. The new railway links shorten the routes for freight flows moving from North to South and from West to East. The new railway links will give an impetus to development of the Central and West Kazakhstan, contributing to industrial development of the country’s regions and creating a total of 3500 jobs”, Askar Mamin, President of the Company, reported to President Nazarbayev, adding that the new links raise the transit potential of trans-Kazakhstan transport corridors running from China towards Russia and Europe.
Combined length of the two links stands at over 1200 km. Zhezkazgan- Beineu line is a short-cut from the Central Kazakhstan to the Caspian port of Aktau further on to the border with Turkmenistan and countries of the Persian Gulf. Arkalyk-Shubarkol line links the central Kazakhstan to Russia and further on to West Europe countries.
According to President Nazarbayev, the railway links will benefit Karaganda, Mangistau, Aktyubinsk, Kyzylorda and Kostanai oblasts and will have a positive impact on development of Zhezkazgan town.