The studies for the electrification of Tehran-Mashhad have been finalised and construction is set to begin in the next months, Mohammad-Hadi Ziaeimehr, the Managing Director of Khorasan Province’s Railways said. The project envisages the electrification of 926 km line linking Tehran to the northeastern city of Mashhad.
Under the first phase, works will be launched for the Mashhad-Neyshabur rail section. The project is expected to be completed in four years.
The project has a value of USD 2 billion, of which 75 percent should be covered by China, and the remaining 15 percent will be provided by the Iranian Government. Last year, Iran’s Ministry of Economy and China’s Export-Import Bank signed a MoU for a USD 1.5 billion loan.
The electrification will be carried out by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation and Mapna Group, as a subcontractor.
The project will allow trains to run at speeds of 200 km/h, making it possible to travel the distance between two cities in approximately 6 hours. According to estimations, the electrification will increase line’s capacity and will allow trains to transport 33 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of freight by 2032.