Astana Light Rail

Locations

Type

Rail

Status

Under Construction

Total Reported Cost

1.8 billion USD

Initiatives

Start Date

Aug. 31 2015

Start of Construction

May 27 2017

Planned Completion Date

2020

Implementers

Operators

Funders

Source(s) Amount
1,800,000,000 USD

Description

The Astana Light Rail falls under Kazakhstan's efforts to promote its "Nurly Zhol," or "path to the future" program, and link it to China's Belt and Road Initiative. China Development Bank's loan for the construction of the light rail was signed during Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's visit to China in 2015. The rail will connect key locations in Astana - the international airport, the expo area, Nazarbayev University, Abu Dhabi Plaza and the House of Ministries - and will terminate at the new railway Astana Nurly Zhol railway station. It will have 18 stations and accommodate 150,000 people a day. In June 2019, Bloomberg reported that the China Development Bank halted lending in 2018 after the collapse of the bank where funds it had provided were deposited. Kazakh officials now say they will have to borrow domestically to complete the work.

Photo Credit: Astana LRT LLP

Photo Credit: Astana LRT LLP

Photo Credit: Astana LRT LLP