High-speed rail in Kazakhstan

Astana - Almaty

In November 2013 the proposed Astana - Almaty high speed railway was postponed due to high costs and doubts over passenger numbers.[1]

Previously in March 2013, Qazaqstan Temir Zholy, the national rail company of Kazakhstan, awarded a contract to Systra to oversee the design and construction of a high-speed line from Astana (the country's capital) to Almaty (its largest city).[2][3] The line is expected to be 1,011 km (628 mi) long, and will travel via Karaganda and Balkhash.[2][3] A 10 km (6.2 mi) viaduct across Lake Balkhash is planned near Sayaq.[2][3] The trains are expected by be built by Tulpar-Talgo (a joint venture established in 2011 between Qazaqstan Temir Zholy and Spanish company Talgo[4]), and will have a maximum speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), completing the trip in five and a half hours.[2][3] The system will use Russian gauge, the same as used by Kazakhstan's existing conventional lines.[2][3]

Moscow - Beijing (via Kazakhstan)

In 2015, a Russian Railways official said that the Moscow-Beijing HSR line would pass through either Russia's Altai Republic or Kazakhstan. The difference in length between the two proposed routes would be 290 km (180 miles).[5]


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