A joint venture between China Railway Group and Beijing State-Owned Assets Management, a Chinese state investment vehicle, has won the contract for Phase I of the Astana, Kazakhstan City Light Rail Transit (LRT) scheme.

The project comprises 22.4 km of track, 18 stations and one depot. It will be built to Chinese technical specifications and the rolling stock – comprising 19 vehicles – will also be supplied from China.

China Railway Group said the project is currently in the feasibility study phase. Work is expected to start within three months once financing arrangements have been put in place and the terms of the engineering procurement & construction (EPC) have been agreed.

The plan is to complete the scheme ahead of the Expo 2017 (World Fair), which is due to open in the city on June 10, 2017.

The value of the project was not disclosed.

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