Reconstruction of the Guzdek-Garadag railway line has begun
Azerbaijani Railways have begun reconstruction of the Guzdek-Garadagh railway. Reconstruction of the railway will allow direct transportation of cargoes from north to south, as well as in the opposite direction, without access to the Absheron peninsula and hereby simplify cargo transportation in these directions.
The length of the road along the axis is 36 kilometers, including 80 kilometers country roads.
Earlier, Guzdek-Garadagh railway line was one-way, which made it impossible for trains to move simultaneously in both directions along the route. The road, which had been in operation since 1963, later became unusable and was not used for a long time. According to the new project, the road will be completely demolished and extended, a double-track railway will be constructed.
63 engineering structures will be built on the new road, including 2 stations, 2 bridges, 5 pedestrian crossings, 4 automobile crossings and 4 animal crossings.
Azer Mammadov, head of the laboratory of the Construction Control Department of the Azerbaijan Railways: “This road passes through a difficult terrain. Therefore, a large number of heavy equipment was involved in the construction work. At present, work is underway to prepare the earth ground, to provide drainage, and ballast material for the railway infrastructure”.
Reconstruction of the Guzdek-Garadagh branch will save time in cargo and passenger transportation activities, and most importantly, this will allow transporting goods from north to south and back without entering the Absheron Peninsula. Thus, this project will greatly contribute to the expansion of the North- South transport corridor and strengthen Azerbaijan’s position as a transit country.
Additionally, operation of the new road line will reduce the railway network load on the Absheron Peninsula, increase the intensity of passenger traffic on the Absheron Ring Road. The launch of the Guzdek-Garadagh line will also contribute to the development of infrastructure and the creation of new jobs in the region.
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