TCDD passes the loads from Anatolian to Europe | BALO Project

The BALO project (Big Anatolian Logistic Organization) is about to be launched. The project will provide the load transportation from Anatolia to Europe.
The most important representative from Turkey is TOBB, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges. The test drive of the first wagon within the project will take place on Sunday, 8th September 2013. The test drive ceremony, which will begin at 11:00 AM, will be attended by Binali Yildirim, the Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Suleyman Karaman, the General Director of TCDD (Turkish State Railways) and Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the Director of TOBB.
Through the BALO project, the loads aimed for export will be transported from Anatolia to European countries. From Anatolia to Bandirma the loads will be transported via trains, from Bandirma to Tekirdag with ships in containers; and from Tekirdag to Europe the loads will be transported with block trains.
The loads that will come from Europe to Turkey will pass through the same route. With the help of this project, the prices of freight transportation will be more attractive and the loads will be transported in safe.
As it is known, Turkey tries to spread the freight transportation by using the railway system. In order to make is happen, block trains were designed, logistics centers are being established, suitable wagons for combined transportation were constructed, etc. there has been started a collaboration between the Organized Industrial Zones and the private sector regarding the railway sector.
Within the BALO project, the usage of block trains has increased the freight transportation. Currently the total number of block trains is 149, out of these 135 are being operated within the country and 14 are on the international market. In the future years the number of rail ways which will be opened will considerably increase, in such a way the freight transportation is planned to increase with 55%.

TCDD passes the loads from Anatolian to Europe  BALO Project

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