Russian Railways (RZD) has signed an agreement with the North Korean Ministry of Railways (MOR) to complete the reconstruction of the rail line from Russia’s border town of Khasan to the North Korean port of Rajin.
The parties have confirmed that the project of renovating the Khasan – Rajin line is in its final stages.
The project involves the reconstruction of the 54km dual-track railway line with 1,520mm and 1,435mm gauges, the reconstruction of three tunnels, the repair of a border railway bridge and construction of a freight terminal that can handle four million tons of goods a year at Port Rajin.
Work on the section between Rajin and Tuman stations is reportedly almost complete, while the installation of signalling, centralisation and blocking equipment has been completed on the entire line except at Rajin station.
The work on the three tunnels has been completed, with work underway to finish repairs on the border bridge.
RasonKonTrans, a joint venture set up in 2008 by RZD Trading House and the port of Rajin, is carrying out the project.
The deal also outlines plans to create a single control centre to supervise traffic management and facilitate collaboration for the entire North Korean rail network.
The centre will be created with the help of RasonKonTrans and North Korea’s ZHTK Donghae MOR.
The deal will also see the joint development of instructions for the movement of trains and a train timetable.
The modernisation of the Khasan – Rajin line is part of a project to restore traffic on the entire Trans-Korean Main Line.
In the future, the project is expected to enable further traffic between South Korea, Europe, Russia and the CIS countries to be sent by rail via the Trans-Siberian Railway.