PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
April 25, 2017
A RING ELECTRIFIED RAILWAY FOR HIGH-CLASS ELECTRIC TRAINS WILL BE LAUNCHED IN TASHKENT IN JUST THREE YEARS
Uzbekistan Railways Company goes ahead in implementation of several projects on the development of railway transport infrastructure. One of them was initiated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the Action Strategy, and comes to the construction of a ring double-track railway that will run along the Tashkent ring road. The total length of the one end route will be 71.2 km. The railway will be built within three years, and the project cost totals $265 million.
“We developed the project taking into account the best practices of foreign countries. Traffic safety will be ensured along the entire route by 145 kilometer mesh fence on both sides of the road. At the first stage, 10 trains will run along the railway in two directions, and according to our calculations, the entire way will take about an hour with a total of 26 stops. The route will have intersections with Bozsu and Salar canals and several highways. We will build a total of 70 two-way bridges and overpasses,” said Farid Absatarov, Technical Director of Boshtransloyiha Headquarters for Transport Design and Survey Institute.
Each of the overpasses will ensure safety of the train with no influence on its speed. A traction substation will be built to provide electricity supply on the entire route of the new ring railway. A train maintenance depot will be built in the Yashnabad district of the capital.
The location of each stop is designed with an eye to the existing, as well as promising and developed transport infrastructure. Each of them will be covered by a stained-glass waiting area with a metal frame and a shed with a composite cover. 120 meter platforms designed for five cars will be built on both sides.
Many big metropolitan markets like Bek Baraka and Uriksor are located on the outskirts of the city and people have to get there through the central part of Tashkent, which makes an additional burden on the streets of the capital and public transport causing traffic jams and deterioration of the ecological situation. The project will open great opportunities for residents and guests of Tashkent, considerably relieve other types of public transport, and reduce not just distances, but also timing along the way.
The stopping points will be provided with underground pedestrian tunnels in conjunction with the final stops of public transport along the entire route. The new project will link the urban and suburban passenger traffic - bus transport, fixed-route taxis and subway.
Creation of comfort for passengers and reduction of traffic jams are undoubtedly key objectives of the project. Meanwhile, improvement of ecological situation in the capital is an important aspect. As known, traffic jams also cause high concentration of exhaust gases, which have a negative impact on the environment. Electrification of the Tashkent ring transportation system is now seen as a factor to improve the ecology.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)