Monday, December 05, 2011 -
Uzbekistan is set to roll out its second high-speed train later this month, the independent news portal Uznews.net reported on Saturday.
The Spanish-built train will be delivered before the end of the year, the web site said, citing the Olam.uz local news agency.
State-owned railway firm Zheleznye Dorogi Uzbekistana said the train will be put to service on the line linking the capital Tashkent and Samarkand, the country’s second largest city.
Railway authorities brought out its first high-speed Afrosiyob train at the end of August and put it into regular operation on October 8.
The train has reduced the rail travel time between the two cities by an hour, making the trip only three and a half hours.
But passengers complain that ticket prices are too high for the time-saving trip compared with slower trains that ply the same route, the media outlet said.
Standard class tickets cost $26 while VIP class travel costs $50 a ticket, the news agency said, without providing details of ticket prices for the slower trains.
The railway company completed the upgrading of the infrastructure of the 213-mile track in mid-August.