Tbilisi Bypass project


The direct Tbilisi crossing railroad line will be replaced by a bypass connection north of Tbilisi in the coming years. The Tbilisi central station will be closed and stay a shopping mall. It not more served by passenger trains, existing infrastructure will be dismantled.

Instead of a central station the Didube station in the east and the Navtlugi station in the northwest of Tbilisi become dead-end stations and were just served by passenger trains. Because of this a throughout connection for passenger trains and direct passenger transfers are no more possible in future. Instead of the expected reduction of environmental and traffic problems the axing will cause more traffic problems. Because the public transport and underground transport system of the capital is optimized for the central station. Differently to the American consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, the project is therefore very much disputed by Western European transportation specialists and railway companies.

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