One of the key points in Iran’s railway links is represented by the interregional corridors. The Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructure Co. (CDTI) body, under the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, proposes seven priority routes.
For these projects’ performance, the “turnkey” modality is chosen, mostly with government funds, and with additional funding from banks, participating companies, development bodies, etc. At present, there are numerous tenders open for railway corridors.
The Doroud-Khoranabad-Andimeshk corridor aims to end the bottleneck of the southern routes, the closest to the Persian Gulf. It is also intended to provide greater transport coverage to the steel industry and mining sector in the KhorramAbad city area, capital of the Lorestan province, as well as to increase the capacity of the Bandar Imam Khomeini Port. This route is part of the “Euro-Asian Transport Links” railway routes. It will have 339 kilometers and a budget of 1,114 million Euros.
Rasht- Astara Line:
The Rasht-Astara link is encouraged for the improvement of the commercial exchange with the European and Asian countries through the railway routes of Azerbaijan.
Shiraz- Boshehr- Asalouye Link:
The “Shiraz-Boshehr-Asalouye” railway union is carried out to optimize international transport through Iran, Iraq, and the Syrian Port of Lazeghiye. It will be a route of 647 kilometers that will cross the Province of Kermanshah and will have an investment of 1,179 million Euros.
Mashhad- Bojnourd- Gorgan Corridor
The more than 600 kilometers of this corridor will also contribute to increasing the transport capacity in Iran. The branch is built in the Province of Kermanshah and will link Mashhad-Bojnourd-Gorgany. It involves an amount of 1,084 million Euros. The network will run very close to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, therefore, it will be essential for international links.
Kermanshah- Khosravi Railway
The Kermanshah-Khosravi Railway will link the western provinces of Iran with the national network and the capital, Tehran. This corridor is intended to support the social, economic and cultural development of the western provinces. It will also reduce transport costs in the Western corridor, which links to Iraq, and will improve traffic safety and will substantially increase passenger and freight traffic.
Chabahar- Zahedan- Birjand- Mashhad- Sarakhs Railway Link
This project includes 1,123 kilometers, according to the Ministry. The objective is to develop a powerful transit route for the Eastern side of Iran in order to reduce the route between the countries of Central Asia and the Southern seas. It will also link the Province of Central Khorasan with the national railway network.