The Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway was inaugurated during a ceremony with participation of the heads of three states. The event of commissioning the railway took place on the Turkmen – Iranian border, Etrek (Turkmenistan) and Inche-Burun (Iran), with the participation of Presidents Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan and Hassan Rouhani of Iran.
The railway length is 925 kilometers in total, with 85 kilometers on Iran’s territory, 700 on Turkmenistan’s territory and the remaining 140 on Kazakhstan’s territory.
Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway is part of the North-South international transport corridor. The key stations along the route will be Uzen in Kazakhstan, Kyzylgaya, Bereket and Etrek in Turkemenistan and Gorgan in Iran. The longest arm of almost 700 km runs across Turkmenistan. That is its completion and stitching to the Iranian arm would mark the full-fledged launch of the new corridor.