YEREVAN (Eurasianet)–Amid serious domestic opposition in Armenia to plans for reconciliation with Turkey, the Russian-run Armenian railway company, South Caucasus Railway, has started work on providing a rail link between the two countries.
A subsidiary of Russian Railway, South Caucasus Railway has announced plans to invest roughly $1.5 million to set up a gauge conversion facility. Such a facility would be necessary to facilitate rail service between Armenia and Turkey, the Kavkazsky Uzel news service reported on September 28.
South Caucasus Railway CEO Marat Khakov said he was in negotiations with the Armenian government about the technical aspects of establishing the railway link. Khakov estimated that initial export cargo volumes would reach 6 million tons per year and would lead to a significant reduction in Armenian exports to and through Georgia.