The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, a rail link connecting Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, has been opened.
The 826km route has the capacity to manage one million passengers and 5 million tonnes of freight annually. The project was initiated in 2007.
“The opening of the BAKU-TBILISI-KARS railway is a major step in transport interconnections linking the European Union, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Central Asia,” the European Union (EU) said in a statement.
The project involved a total investment of over $1bn, majority of which was provided by the state oil fund of Azerbaijan.
“The European Union welcomes the new rail corridor which, coupled with investments, improved infrastructure and logistics coordination will provide better connectivity, new business opportunities and increased trade. This is at the heart of its Eastern Partnership as well as of its Central Asia strategy,” EU noted.