Uzbekistan plans to build new high-speed railway to Samarkand

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Uzbekistan Railways is considering the possibility of building another high-speed railway to Samarkand, Trend reports citing Uzbek media.

“Recently, the company’s management raised the issue of building a dedicated electrified line from Tashkent to Samarkand, which will be run only by Afrosiyob train. This will shorten the journey to about 1 hour and 20 minutes,” said the message.

It should be noted that today a high-speed train runs the 333 kilometers between the cities in 2 hours and 8 minutes. The movement of high-speed trains on the Tashkent–Samarkand line was launched in September 2011.

Today Afrosiyob trains serve passengers on the routes Tashkent-Karshi, Tashkent-Bukhara and Tashkent–Samarkand.

In addition, Uzbekistan Railways is negotiating with the Spanish company Talgo and Korean Hyundai to purchase new high-speed trains.

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