A total of 3500 km of very high speed train lines planned to be constructed in 9 years | Turkey

A total of 3500 km of very high speed train lines planned to be constructed in 9 years :General Director of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), Mr. Süleyman Karaman stated that they aim to open a total of 3500 km of very high speed train lines, 8500 km of high speed train lines and 1000 km of new conventional lines within the next 9 years, up to 2023.

“11th. European Railway Traffic Management System Global Conference and Fair (ERTMS)” of International Union of Railways (UIC) held with cooperation of Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication and Turkish State Railways (TCDD) is opened at Haliç Conference Center.

Mr. Süleyman Karaman, General Director of TCDD and the Chairman of the UIC Regional District Committee for Middle East, in his opening speech in the conference, highlighted the fact that TCDD has been playing an effective role in the management level in UIC for the last ten years.

Mr. Karaman also explained that UIC is following up all developments in Turkish railways, supporting and also effectively cooperating with Turkey together with international organizations and thus having this conference held in Turkey is a reflection of this very important and valuable cooperation.

Mr. Karaman has indicated that, Turkey’s responsibilities in UIC is not only at management level, but that “our railway administration has been on the seat of a chairman for the regional committee of UIC, for these last ten years and has been providing maximum support for the railway transportation policies in the region.”

He indicated that the total value of the freight transported between Europe and Asia in one year is 75 billion dollars and the railway corridor established by Turkey joining EU with regional countries as well as the new combined freight transportation corridor with railways playing a major role and the new corridor connections planned with Middle East requires a warm and sustainable cooperation between railway administrations of Turkey and the EU countries.

Mr. Karaman has stated that this potential and developments are of great importance in terms of sustainable railway policies both in Turkey and EU, thus this very meaningful gathering of the railway entities throughout the world is a good example for the developments in Turkish Railways as well as the cooperation with UIC.

– “Railway is considered a sector that has to have a priority in terms of development”.
Mr. Karaman, General Director of TCDD has stressed the fact that in its 2004 Master Plan for Transportation, Turkey has given priority for the development of railway systems that is integrated with other transportation actors, considering its location both in the region and also the continents.

Mr. Karaman continued stating that “Turkey has developed projects to meet its objectives and has already started implementing them. With the Marmaray opened and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway being constructed as well as the third bridge that will have railway crossing is enabling railway integration between the continents in macro terms. These major projects together with the east-west very high speed lines, west south high speed and very high speed train lines are joining Europe to Middle East. The Ankara-Eskişehir, Ankara-Konya, Konya-Eskişehir lines have commenced operation and once the tests along the İstanbul – Eskişehir line are completed and certificates are received, this line will also commence operation.

On the other hand, construction activities are ongoing in Bursa-Ankara, İzmir-Ankara and Ankara-Sivas very high speed train lines and Konya-Karaman high speed train line. The total length of these lines is 2160 km. The tender is held for construction of Sivas – Erzincan line and the project design works are ongoing for the south high speed train line that shall connect Karaman-Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Gaziantep-Şanlıurfa with the Mardin border. Our aim is to open a total of 3500 km of very high speed train lines, 8500 km of high speed train lines and 1000 km of new conventional lines within the next 9 years, up to 2023.”

– “A national railway industry is established”
In his speech, Mr. Karaman has also highlighted that, concurrently with these projects, Turkey has established a railway industry with investors from public, private sector and foreign countries. Within this context Turkey has developed and is now implementing its own national signaling project, with cooperation of İstanbul Technical University, TÜBİTAK and TCDD.

Indicating that the national signaling system is implemented to ensure integration with EU signaling network and continued stating that “on the other hand it is decided to signalize the existing 8000 km long conventional railway lines with no signals, within the next 9 years. On the other hand, signaling works are ongoing on 2627 km long conventional lines and electrification works are ongoing on 2400 km long railway lines. All newly constructed lines and the lines where electrification and signaling works are implemented as well as the rolling stock operated on these lines are compatible with EU standards.”

A total of 3500 km of very high speed train lines planned to be constructed in 9 years

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