The Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line is one of four main railway lines in Pakistan. The line begins in Karachi and ends in Peshawar connecting the north and the south of the country. Currently the line consist of 184 stations with a total length of 1,687 km with a total travel time of 22 hours. Parts of the Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line have been established during the 19th century. Under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor the line will be upgraded in order to increase the average rail speed from current 105 km/h to 160 km/h. Furthermore, a computer based signaling and control system will be introduced and the entire track will be doubled. This upgrade is essential to the development of Pakistan since the Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line serves as the main passenger and freight line.
Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line (Main Line 1 or ML-1)
From Karachi to Peshawar/Pakistan
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
A framework agreement has been signed on May 15, 2017, during Prime Minister Sharif’s visit to China. Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms (MPDR) and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). A feasibility study has been conducted and the project has been approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP).
Projected Total Project Costs
USD 8 billion
Additional Project Information
With the help of ML-1, it has been estimated that the freight traffic would increase by five times from 5 million to 25 million tonnes per annual while passenger traffic would be increased from 55 to 88 million passengers on annual basis. The train transit time will be reduced by half, helping in reducing congestion at roads and ports and contribute for reducing cost of doing business in Pakistan. As many as 2,700 bridges, 550 turns and 11 tunnels are supposed to be upgraded. The tracks will be protected through fencing. Furthermore, advanced road warning and centralized traffic control will be adopted.
CPEC – China Pakistan Economic Corridor