The target of 2023 in the railway network is 25 thousand kilometers: Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, has reached 2023 thousand kilometers of new railway lines, including 3 thousand 500 kilometers of high-speed railway, 8 thousand 500 kilometers of high-speed railway and a thousand kilometers of new conventional railway lines until 13. Recalling that the construction was targeted, he noted that the total railway network would reach 25 thousand kilometers. Emphasizing that the Ankara-İzmir YHT line, the foundation of which will be laid, will make a significant contribution to the development of the east-west axis of the railways, Yıldırım said, “When the 624 km Ankara-İzmir YHT project is completed, the travel time between our two major cities decreases to 3 hours and 30 minutes. Ankara-Afyonkarahisar section of the first phase of the Ankara-İzmir YHT project, whose foundation was laid, consists of a 287 km corridor. Polatlı-Afyonkarahisar section, which is separated from the 120th kilometer of the current YHT line Ankara-Konya road, is 167 kilometers long. With this stage of the project, a high-speed train network is being established in the Ankara-Eskişehir-Afyonkarahisar-Konya quadrangle. Ankara-Afyonkarahisar is going down to 1 hour 30 minutes ”.
Providing information about the remaining part of the project between Afyonkarahisar and İzmir, Minister Yıldırım said, “It consists of Afyonkarahisar-Uşak and Uşak-Manisa-İzmir stages. Construction tender for Afyonkarahisar-Uşak stage was launched. The construction projects of the Uşak-Manisa-İzmir stage are about to be completed, and the construction tender will be launched when completed. ”