Baghdad-Basra train service resumes: transportation ministry

FILE PHOTO: Passengers walk on a platform before boarding a train to Fallujah, the newly resurrected service to the city, at a railway station in Baghdad, Iraq November 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Minister of Transportation announced in a statement on Saturday (October 31) that train service between Baghdad and Basra governorates has resumed.

Meanwhile, Railways General Director Talib Jawad said in a separate statement that the first train departed from Baghdad at 7 am local time from the city’s central station and a train from Basra departed the city headed for Baghdad at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“The train departs from Baghdad to Basra and vice versa, passing through the southern cities, including Hilla, Diwaniyah, Samawah, and Nasiriyah,” he said.

He added that the journeys will be operated in accordance to safety guidelines and necessary measures have been taken to mitigate against the coronavirus outbreak.

The Baghdad–Basra rail line has operated since 2014 between the cities of Baghdad and Basra. The line is roughly 650 kilometers (400 miles) long.

(NRT Digital Media)