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NEWS AND EVENTS
December 30, 2011
New Prospects for Railways
Uzbekistan Railways to procure 11 new locomotives. Freight turnover of the Uzbek national railway company in 11 months this year exceeded 22.6 billion tons/km. Railways occupy an important place in modern transport system of Uzbekistan, as they account for a significant part of total freight turnover. Their major advantage is high transport capacity and stable operation during the year, regardless of weather conditions. During the first 11 months of 2011 the freight turnover of Uzbekistan Railways made 101.6% against last year’s volumes. The national rail operator shipped 59.9 million tons, 4.5% more than last year. Passenger traffic exceeded 2.76 billion passenger/km or 103.2% over the same period last year. In the long term, these figures will only increase, say the company managers, as provided by a special program of accelerated development of transport and communications infrastructure for 2011-2015, in which the Uzbekistan Railways plans to attract more than $2 billion of investment. Uzbekistan Railways is now the largest company in the country having qualified personnel in all areas of rail transport, a large scientific base, design and construction facilities, extensive experience of international cooperation. For over the past 20 years Uzbekistan has made significant steps in the development of new railroads, laid a 342 km long railroad Navoi-Uchquduq-Sultanuizdag-Nukus, built a unique 681 meter-long combined bridge across the Amudaryo River, and a railroad Toshguzar-Boysun-Kumkurgan of 223km. long built in difficult-to-pass mountains. Today, the company is working hard on the modernization of existing rail network. At the expense of the Asian Development Bank loan the company have already implemented two major investment projects and repaired a section of Tashkent-Samarqand-Bukhoro railroad, completed installation of fiber-optic communication lines stretching over 600km in Keles-Bukhoro section, and also completed electrification of the railway line Tuqimachi-Angren (114 km.), construction of new lines Yangiyer-Jizzakh and Yangiyer-Farhod. In addition, Uzbekistan Railways launched an investment project of upgrading passenger locomotives, which provides for the purchase of 15 passenger locomotives. This project will significantly reduce the travel time by increasing train speeds from 100 to 160 kilometers per hour and will provide attractive passenger rail service as compared with other modes of transport. Under the agreement reached with a Chinese consortium CNTIC-CNRDLRC the national rail carrier buys 11 electric locomotives for freight traffic. (Source: Ut.uz)


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