May 2nd 2011
Baghdad, May 2 (AKnews) – The railway connecting Baghdad with the Syrian city, Aleppo, was officially completed yesterday, the Iraqi Transport Ministry announced.
The project involved constructing a connecting spur, 150 km long. The trains will travel up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Spokesperson for the General Railways Company Jawad al Kharsan told AKnews: “The railway line between Baghdad and Aleppo would be the most important transmission lines owned by Iraq as it will enhance commercial and economic exchanges between Baghdad and Syria, and it will contribute to the transportation of passengers.”
The Directorate of Railways has confirmed this month that its financial takings reached to IQD1.6 billion in March. Iraq’s Transport Ministry announced that the next round of railway licensing round will be launched soon.