The Iraqi Ministry of Transport has announced plans to start construction of a new 1,175 km railway to the Turkish border in early 2024, Railway Supply magazine reports citing zdmira.


The double-track line, which will link the new port of Grand Fau on the Persian Gulf and the Turkish Mediterranean port of Mersin, will be part of the Development Road project, which also includes the construction of a 1,190 km highway.

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The electrified railway will pass through such major Iraqi cities as Basra, Ad-Diwaniya, An-Najaf, Karbala and Mosul. It is planned to carry out the movement of both freight and high-speed passenger trains. There are also plans to restore the railway section from Mosul to Turkey’s Gaziantep, located 300 km from the Mediterranean port of Mersin.

The annual freight traffic by rail can reach 3.5 million containers and 22 million tons of bulk cargo, with a subsequent increase in these volumes to 7.5 million containers and 33 million tons of bulk cargo. The annual passenger traffic on it is initially estimated at 13.8 million people.

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