Kazakhstanis will be able to travel by high-speed trains to Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The project is planned to be completed by the end of 2018, reports "Khabar 24".
The company "Azerbaijan Railways" intends to launch passenger trains on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars route, which was opened in October last year. Specialists solve technical issues for the implementation of ideas.
"The technical conditions are that the rails on the Azerbaijani territory are 1520, and in the Turkish - 1435 millimetres. To switch from one rail to another requires either the replacement of wheels or the implementation of this process in an automatic mode. meet the requirements, and by the end of the year it is planned to start the transportation of passengers (until Kars), "chairman of Azerbaijan Railways Javid Gurbanov said.
It is expected that the trains on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars route will be able to transport up to one million passengers at the first stage and will allow to significantly increase the tourist flow from East to West and back.
"The fact that Baku-Tbilisi-Kars passes through the territory of the Great Silk Road opens great opportunities for tourism, it is planned to launch special tourist trains and implement separate projects for travellers." This is a good opportunity for tourists from Kazakhstan and other Asian countries to go to Turkey and on - to other countries, "said the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Vugar Shikhmamedov.
It is planned that the tours will not be limited to two or three days. Travelers will be able to familiarize themselves with the sights of each of the countries along the Silk Road route.