February 23, 2011

Kazakhstan Railways signs MOU with China to build HS line

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THE president of Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ), Mr Askar Mamin, has signed a memorandum of understanding with China to build a 1050km 350km/h railway between the capital Astana and the country's largest city Almaty. The MOU, which will allow a feasibility study to be conducted, was signed during a state visit to China by Kazakhstan's president Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The railway will be built using Chinese technology. About 65% of the line will be at grade with 370km elevated. It is hoped to complete the project in 2015, and the railway is expected to carry 5 million passengers a year.

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