Is the high-speed train coming?

High-speed train is to come in: to understand why Turkey backward, can actually cause a serious idea, even just to look at the railways. Railway a late age, Turkey has paid a heavy price for it in the way at the beginning of the 20th century. Now is the age of high speed trains, even high speed trains.

We were in Afyon as the guest of TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman for the groundbreaking ceremony of the "Ankara-İzmir High Speed ​​Train Project" at the weekend. At the ceremony, I had the opportunity to meet the railroaders again and share the excitement of one of our regions to have a faster train with them. As the former General Manager of Railways, I do not know if I can tell you how difficult it is to do high-speed train works just yesterday.

End of black train

It took about two years to transform the improvement works of the Ankara-Istanbul line, which was initiated by the railroaders under the name of "rehabilitation project", into a high-speed train project. First came the efforts to prevent it from within the DPT bureaucracy of the time, and then from within the treasury bureaucracy with an inexhaustible "hatred and effort". They found supporters from the press. I cannot tell what efforts have been made to prevent the first 13 years of grace, 37 years of credit, which is very cheap according to the conditions of the time.

After making the tender for the Ankara-Eskişehir part of the Ankara-Istanbul High Speed ​​Train Project and signing the loan agreements, the contractor consortium entered into the commissioning, however, those who wanted to prevent the project never stopped. At the signature and publicity meeting of the project, a journalist said that "high speed train projects have been carried out before", reminded that "millions of dollars were buried in Ayaş Tunnel" and asked "why we started a new project".

His answer was short; 'We made a possible project on a ground we know, on a route suitable for economic and technical rationality. Our aim is to connect Ankara to Istanbul by high speed train, while at the same time showing the high speed train to Turkish people and proving that it is possible to do this. When Turks see something and believe that it is possible, they stand up. Tomorrow Erzurum, Sivas, Bursa, Afyon, Izmir will stand up because we want high-speed trains. '

Transformation in transportation

Anyway, all that is left behind. Acting with the motto "Continuity in service is essential in the state", TCDD's esteemed General Manager Süleyman Karaman is about to expand the project and complete its second phase. If it can be trained, the whole of Ankara-Istanbul High Speed ​​Train Project will be completed and put into service on October 29.

Today Turkey is not only to renew all railways transport policy has a major job entry. Minister of Transport, Binali Yıldırım, is working to provide the transportation economy with the possibility of the transportation economy by creating the technical rationality and infrastructure that can compete with each other in a way that complements the transportation system. The Minister has implemented policies that will make Turkish Airlines a brand not only in the country but also at the international level, as well as making the transportation on highways not only by high speed trains but also by divided roads more efficient.

There are two important points behind all these developments. The first of these is political stability, the second is a political understanding that shows determination in the establishment of the transportation infrastructure, which is necessary for the development of this stability. Does it need to be said that Prime Minister Erdogan's being the prime minister of a government that allocated the highest level of investment to transport infrastructure in the history of the republic constitutes the basis of the transformation in the transport system?

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