Russian Railways and Iranian Railways have signed a protocol on the extension of the cooperation agreement in the field of transport, following a meeting held in Tehran (Iran). The document was signed by President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and the Head of the Iranian Railways Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaei. The two parties will continue to carry out joint projects in order to strengthen cooperation and attract additional freight to North – South international transport corridor.
The discussions focused on Russia – Iran cooperation for the development of railway infrastructure in the Caspian Sea region.
The President of the Iranian railways mentioned the project of the construction of a direct rail link along the west branch of the North – South international transport corridor. The project envisages the construction of the Rasht – Astara railway line, which will connect the railways of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. The new infrastructure will accelerate the delivery of freight between Europe, the Persian Gulf and South Asia.
The two sides also discussed the conditions for the implementation of the electrification project of Garmsar – Ince Burun 495 km-long railway line, including 203 km on mountainous terrain. The modernization of the line will increase the capacity and speed of trains.
In Q1 2016, the volume of freight transport between Russia and Iran has increase by more than 25%, according to Belozerov.