There is very little time for a train pass under Istanbul Bosphorus. Here is the latest situation in the Marmaray project ...
The foundation was laid in 2004
The Marmaray project, whose foundation was laid in 2004, was delayed several times due to archaeological finds in Yenikapı, Sirkeci and Üsküdar.
What makes Marmaray, one of the largest transportation projects in the world, different from its counterparts is that it has the deepest immersed tunnel in the world with 60 meters.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan walked past the 1387-meter tunnel between Üsküdar and Sirkeci, which cuts the Bosphorus from the bottom last February. Feverish work continues in the project, which is trying to be completed on 29 October 2013.
Construction of the Tunnel
Marmaray Regional Manager Haluk Özmen, who participated in the live broadcast of TRT Haber and explained the last stage reached, also announced an important information for the first time.
Özmen said, “Except for 150 meters of our drilling tunnels on land, it is completely completed. Work continues only in the 150-meter section between Yenikapı and Yedikule. "After 15 days, this area will be completed and the construction of all tunnels within the scope of this project will be finished."
1 Million Passengers Cross the Road
When Marmaray comes to life, suburban trains on the Anatolian and European sides of Istanbul will be connected to each other and 1 million passengers per day will cross from Asia to Europe by train for the first time.
At Ayrılıkçeşme station Kadıköy- Thanks to the line to be connected to the Kartal metro, it will be possible to travel from Kartal to Zeytinburnu in the first place without ever reaching the surface.
When the second stage of Marmaray, which is in the tender phase, is completed, the Gebze district of Kocaeli and the west end of Istanbul Halkalıwill be connected to each other underground.
Source: TRT NEWS