The Peruvian government is preparing to build a 1,340-kilometer railway line linking the northern town of Piura with the southern Pisco-producing region of Ica. One of the largest infrastructure programs ever undertaken in the country, the rail line will cost the government about USD 9.5 billion.
The railway line, designed to run along the country’s Pacific coast, will ease the passengers and freight transport between the country’s major cities and towns, including Lima, Ica, Ancash, La Libertad, Lambayeque and Piura.
Peru is currently embarking on a series of infrastructure programs, including the Metro Train system that will connect the central Andean cities of Huancayo and Huancavelica with the capital Lima.
Now the country’s Transport Minister, José Gallardo, says the construction of new railroads is essential to stimulate economic growth in the interior of the country.
“The Coast Train project is a modern infrastructure project that we are going to have in the future and we will work to make it a reality because demand for transportation for the people and freight on the coast forces us to take this step,” Gallardo said in a statement posted on the ministry website.