The new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project, which is expected to be completed by early summer, will link Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. The new railway line will initially increase trade between countries and let cargo to transfer from Asia to Europe.
Turkey’s Transport, Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said, "The project is not only important for our country but also for all countries that want to trade through Turkey".
"A cargo from China will be able to reach Europe in 15 days when the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway…gets completed.
"The distance will reduce by around threefold. There will be both time and cost savings. Hence, an uneconomical transportation means will become economic when delivery time reduces from 45 [days] to 15," he said.
The 826-kilometer (513-mile) railway will be able to transport a million passengers and 6.5 million tons of freight in the first stage. The capacity will later get enhanced to three million passengers and over 15 million tons of freight.