Mazar-i-Sharif line opens this month

The new railway from Hayratan to Mazar-i-Sharif will open shortly, reports Central Asia Online.

Although ready to operate, the railway has been idle since February because Afghanistan failed to complete some legal formalities and because some security concerns existed.
“We helped build the latter line, and it’s up to Afghanistan now to make it operational. Professional railway personnel need to be trained, and locomotives and cars purchased,” [UTY spokesman Rasul Khalikov] said.

The Afghan side plans to start running its own trains by year’s end, he added.

Source: Uzbek-Afghan railway to start running in July, Maksim Yeniseyev,, 2011-06-29

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