President of Uzbekistan , Shavkat Mirziyoyev recently approved plans for Toshkent orbital railway. The project will be a 71 km electrified double-track passenger railway paralleling the Toshkent ring road. The orbital line would be designed to reduce road congestion and pollution in the capital, and reduce the need for public transport users to travel via the city centre to reach peripheral destinations.
The 26 stations would be located to provide intermodal interchanges with current and future transport routes, and would feature covered waiting areas on 120 m long platforms designed to accommodate five-car trainsets.
The development of the project took into account the experience of several foreign countries in the construction of similar lines, – the technical director shared with us. In order to ensure the safety of traffic along the entire path, a mesh fence is provided, the total length of which on both sides of the railway is about 145 kilometers.
At the first stage, 10 trains will be operated in two directions of the railway and according to our calculations, the whole way can be overcome in about an hour. There will be 26 stop points on the line. Along the whole circular route there are intersections with the Bozsu, Salar canals and a number of highways, according to the plan 70 double-track bridges and overpasses will be built on the line. Each of them will serve to ensure unhindered safe movement of the train, without affecting its speed set. And for the electricity supply of the entire route of the new circular railway, it is planned to build a traction substation.
National railway UTY envisages that construction of the ring railway could be completed within three years at a cost of US$265m, of which US$185m would be met from the state budget and US$80m from Uzbekistan’s Fund for Reconstruction & Development.
Uzbekistan railways offer a comfortable, reliable and cheap way to explore the touristic highlights of the country. Uzbekistan was then part of the Transcaspia province of the Russian Empire, and the line was built to Russian standard gauge of 1524mm (later 1520mm), as were subsequent lines in the country.
In 2016, an important new railway was opened providing a direct connection between the capital Toshkent and the second city of Namangan, bypassing the previous route through northern Tajikistan.
Last January , the government has announced plans to build an elevated metro line in Toshkent.
To be built by national railway UTY, the 8 km Sergili Line would run around 6 m above Choshtepa, Mirzo Tursunzoda and Qipchoq streets, serving six stations.