ASTANA, April 1 (TCA) — Kazakhstan plans to start constructing the Astana-Almaty high speed rail line in 2013, Trend News reported today, referring to the country’s Transport and Communications Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev.
“Construction of the high-speed Astana-Almaty railroad will be started this year,” Zhumagaliyev said in the Majilis (lower chamber of the parliament).
This railroad line will decrease the traveling time between the two cities from 12 to 5 hours, Tengrinews reported.
The new route will be around 1,011 km long, 400 km shorter than the existing one.
Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev made an instruction to build this high-speed railroad branch at the beginning of 2013. He said that the line had to be constructed in 5-6 years.