Binali Yıldırım Explains Railway Targets at the Opening of Eurasia Rail

Binali Yıldırım
Binali Yıldırım

Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım, General Manager of TCDD Süleyman Karaman attended the opening of the Eurasia Rail - Railway, Light Rail Systems, Infrastructure and Logistics Fair held at the 3rd Istanbul Fair Center in Yeşilköy.

Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım, General Manager of TCDD Süleyman Karaman attended the opening of the Eurasia Rail - Railway, Light Rail Systems, Infrastructure and Logistics Fair held at the 3rd Istanbul Fair Center in Yeşilköy.

Speaking here, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Binali Yıldırım, exemplified Spain in railway transportation. Yildirim, ”Spain has put forward a huge vision of high-speed train in the past 20 years and has become the most common high-speed train in the world after China. Spain is the 5th largest country in the European total rail network. This was Spain's target. Whichever way he goes, a citizen will come across a high-speed train station after 75 kilometers. They set this goal. We have learned from the precious undersecretary that this vision has come true today. We congratulate you. ”

Minister Yıldırım, "We carry after he took office in Turkey abandoned the forgotten fate of more than 150 years history of our railways back on the agenda of our country. We have made it our first priority policy. So much so that the investment allowance allocated to the railways within the Ministry of Transport was only 250 million Turkish liras. With 250 million you cannot build a railway, you cannot repair it, but you save the day, you watch the presence disappear by melting before your eyes. This happened until 2002. While an anthem has been sung on behalf of railways, its name has become untold. Unfortunately, that great mobilization started with the Republic on railways was forgotten until 2000s. railways to move again on the agenda of Turkey's AK Party government was destined to. Our investments in this area started to increase in speed. After 10 years, the investment budget allocated for railways increased to 2012 billion in 5. It increased from 250 million to 5 billion. Our investment in railways in the last 10 years to date is 26 billion Turkish liras. It is about $ 14-15 billion in dollars. But it is not enough. The amount of investments we started and planned until 2023 is 45 billion Turkish liras. ”


Speaking of the ministry's goals in his speech, Minister Yıldırım said, “The goal is to increase the high-speed train network to 2023 kilometers in 10. Adding the conventional train network to the existing network for another 4 thousand kilometers. Thus, to increase the total railway network from 11 thousand km to 25 thousand 500 kilometers. This means an increase of more than 100 percent. In other words, 36 percent of the population harboring Turkey yl high speed train 15 to be connected to each other. We continue our studies for this. 2009 we introduced a high-speed train in Turkey. At the end of this year, we are opening Marmaray, which we describe as the project of the century. We put the Ankara - Istanbul high speed train into service. As you know, the Eskişehir - Ankara section was put into service in 2009. Now, the works in Eskişehir - Istanbul stage continue at full speed. At the end of this year, Ankara - Istanbul will decrease under 3 hours. ”


Referring to Turkey's EU process in his speech Yildirim, Turkey's high-speed train has said that it does not have many countries in the EU. Minister Yıldırım, "may have entered Turkey to the EU. 20 of the countries entering the EU do not have high-speed trains. The important thing is not to enter the EU, but to have the infrastructure in the EU, "he said.
Lightning, "We know that sooner or later Turkey 's unity will be indispensable to understand that it is a strategic partner. Turkey is not a burden like other countries to share the burden of the day will come when there will not burden union member of the EU, there will be an honorable partner. We hope that some countries in the union become aware of the matter and, accordingly, review their attitudes and thoughts. We will continue on our way. The EU is important to us, but not indispensable. We will work. We will make every effort to provide more than what the EU provides for its citizens with the means available to it. After doing these, there will be almost no difference between being a member of the union and not. Then the preference of the Turkish people will come into play, ”he said. - ODATV

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