The railroad is part of the longer Mianeh-Tabriz project connecting East Azarbaijan Province to the national rail network, IRNA reported.
The newly-inaugurated route is an important link along Iran’s East-West Transit Corridor—part of the famed Silk Road, according to the head of the Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructure Company of Iran, Kheirollah Khademi.
Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami says Mianeh-Bostanabad-Tabriz railroad is a “golden link” for the international transit corridors that pass through the Iranian territory.
“By expanding the rail network across the country’s northwest, we aim to increase cargo and passenger transport efficiency, connect to our western neighbors, namely Turkey and Azerbaijan, and accelerate cargo transits though international East-West transit corridors that stretch from Iran's northeastern and southeastern borders to Asia in the east and Europe in the west,” he said.
**A version of this article appears on the online version of Financial Tribune on 2019-11-27, with the headline: East-West Transit Corridor's Golden Link Inaugurated. Available at: https://financialtribune.com/articles/domestic-economy/100946/east-west-transit-corridors-golden-link-inaugurated (Accessed: 07 December 2019).