BUKHARA, Uzbekistan – A train with a speed of over 160 kilometers (KM) per hour reached Uzbek’s historic city of Bukhara from its capital, Tashkent, as “Uzbekistan Railways” has started new service for tourists, reported the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency.
Travel time from Tashkent to Bukhara has been reduced by more than half, and now a new train takes little more than three hours to reach Bokhara from Tashkent.
Afrosiyob – a high-speed train that connected Tashkent to the historic city of Samarkand previously, is now running between Tashkent to Bukhara through Samarkand.
According to details, implementation of the start of the high-speed train project to connect Samarkand with Bukhara was started in 2015 with an estimated cost of $400 million to construct 259 km of high-speed track. The project was financed by state company “Uzbekistan Railways” under the direction of President Karimov.
The company laid down a new track of a 146-kilometer section, “Marakand – Bukhara,” with four new overpasses, four bridges, and an uninterrupted power supply that was planned through reconstruction of four substations on the Bukhara-Markand section.
Uzbekistan launched a high-speed connection between Tashkent – Samarkand in 2011 with an estimated cost of $225 million for upgrading the former Soviet era railway track and two high-speed Spanish (Parentes Talgo S.A.) AVE 250 electric trains were purchased.
In November 2015, JSC “Uzbekistan Railways” signed a contract with Parentes Talgo S.A. for the purchase of two more AVE 250 trains worth $38 million.
“Uzbekistan Railways” plans to provide high-speed train traffic to the Khiva (Khorezm region), and Nukus (Karakalpakstan) in the northwest of the country in the future.
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