New rail line opens in Central Asia
Uzbekistan Railways has opened a new electrified 355 km long railway line between Navoi, near Bukhara, and Misken, near the Turkmenistan border. Freight trains will operate on the rail line at first.
The new line shortens the distance between Tashkent and Urgench by 75 km. Until today, trains from the capital to the administrative centre of the Khorezm region were forced to take a longer route via the Navoi-Uchkuduk-Miskin line.
121 artificial structures, twelve bridges, six overpasses, five new stations and five crossings had to be built to complete the new stretch of track. Its construction began simultaneously at both ends of the line in December 2016. (ben)