KAZAKHSTAN Railways (KTZ) has renewed more than 462km of track in the first half 2022, with plans to upgrade 1034km of track by the end of the year.

The work included renewing the trackbed on 280km of line, intensive repairs on 60km of track, replacing the sleepers on 17km of track, and replacing rail on 105km of line. 70 turnouts were also replaced.

KTZ says the track upgrades will improve safety and reduce journey times for both passenger and freight services.

KTZ also hosted a meeting with Belarusian Railways (BC) and freight carriers Tengizchevroil, Asia FerroAlloys, ArcelorMittal Temirtau, Astyk Trans, Karazhyra, Shubarkol Premium and Shubarkol Komir to discuss opportunities to improve the transport of freight between Kazakhstan and Belarus in light of the current geopolitical situation.