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Georgian trains: make haste slowly2012-01-17 16:37
From tomorrow, the trains to Georgia can accelerate up to 120 kilometers per hour. Travel from Tbilisi to Batumi will last a little more than five hours. However, this is possible only on the central railway, prepared for a new speed for several years. Almost nothing will change on secondary railways - trees sprout between sleepers, coaches rusting on the rails, locomotives trailing with a bike speed.
Travel to Georgia by train becomes more enjoyable. From January 16, passenger trains move with a new speed - 120 kilometers per hour. The travel from Tbilisi to Poti and Batumi will be reduced on 30-40 minutes and amount about 5 hours. Of course, this is not three hours, promised by Mikhail Saakashvili, and planned for 2013, but still useful for the development of tourism in Adjara. Incidentally, the first trains with will deliver those tourists who dream of return to the capital in the evening.
Acceleration was planned under the project "Fast railroad". For its sake Georgian Railway (GR) has repaired 100 kilometers of railroad. Previously it was deadly dangerous to gain such speed. Trains' average speed was 70-80 mph. But it did not save from accidents.
After two consecutive emergencies on the railroad in the past, the party "Free Georgia" urged the Prosecutor's office to inspect the technical condition of railways and rolling stock. According to the opposition, "thanks" to the head of the state-owned company Irakli Ezugbaya transport infrastructure pose a threat to the life of people who use them.
"The situation is really alarming: electric locomotives and electric trains do not pass the appropriate test, in fact, 95 percent of the cars is depreciated, the technical condition of paths does not meet standards, most of the locomotives in fact can't be fixed", the regional party secretary Gia Kurashvili said.
To confirm his words he cited the recent order of the Director of Passenger Transport Teimuraz Buliya, under which a speed above 65 miles per hour prohibited.
The party has collected photos and video evidence of violations in the field of safety on the roads, and urged to remove Ezugbaya from office, since otherwise an accident on the railroad will be Georgia's everyday life.