Tehran to Mashhad Electrification Project

06 January 2013

Key Facts

  • Owner Iranian Islamic Republic Railways
  • Location Iran
  • Status Execution
  • Classification Railway, Transport Infrastructure
  • Budget ($m) $8,680m
  • Contract Type Build Operate Transfer (BOT)
  • Main Contract Completion Q4 2014
  • Contact the project owner (MEED Projects subscribers only)


The largest rail scheme under way in Iran is the $8.5bn Tehran to Mashhad electrification project. Work on the first phase began in February 2012, and is expected to take 24 months to complete. Electrification and infrastructure upgrades will raise the top speed of passenger trains from 160 kilometres per hour to to 200 km/h, and will cut journey times on the 926 km line from 12 hours to 6 hours.

Capacity will be increased with a view to raising annual traffic from 13 million to 20 million passengers. A future second phase of upgrading works could enable tilting trains to run at up to 250 km/h and raise annual capacity to 50 million passengers.

Iran’s rail programme is at the heart of Tehran’s transport plans. In 2010, Iran’s railway system carried a total of 19.5 million passengers. Tehran is looking to increase this to 82 million passengers by 2015.

Work includes stations and rail tracks, the supply of 70 electric trains, overhead power lines, and control systems.

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