ERTMS World Conference Started in Istanbul: International Railways Association (UIC), 11th European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) World Conference started on April 2, 2014 at Istanbul Haliç Congress Center with the participation of Lütfi Elvan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. .
In his opening speech, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Lütfi Elvan, congratulated UIC, which crowned its warm cooperation with the Turkish railway administration with this conference, and thanked the guests who participated in the conference as the railway manager and supplier from 38 countries.
Elvan, 20 emphasizes that railway transportation provides great advantages with fast, safe and low cost transportation features by saving time. At the beginning of the century, one of the most important means of modernization was the railway transportation.
Elvan stated that railway transportation is being used as a mode of transportation on a global scale with the increase of cross-border trade, and that environment-human relations, less land use, and shifting of resources to sustainable areas make the railway privileged.
Elvan emphasized that an international transportation policy should improve and ensure that each mode of transport becomes compulsory and that this conference is important for the unity of the country and the region.
"Almost all the railway network has been renewed with the rails produced in Turkey"
As a country, especially in the last year of the 12 railroad state policy, as well as other modes of transport that they perform with the Elvan, inter-modal harmony as a policy that they take as a policy and developed projects in this direction, he added.
Elvan stated that they had set up a high-speed train network in this period and started to transport them all over the country.
Marmar We opened the Marmaray, one of the important pillars of the Modern Iron Silk Road, and united the two continents under the sea. We have taken very important steps for the formation of the railway industry in Turkey. We have implemented legal regulations to liberalize the railway sector. In addition, we have created legislation to integrate the European Union (EU) railway and national railway. In this period the UIC and we come together in such organizations, in cooperation with the European railway administrations both Turkey and Europe are very important in terms of both the countries in the region. In this context, Turkey to see the natural corridor function, it is one of the active side of fair and sustainable transport partnership. "
Minister Elven, Turkish railways has developed in recent years, and rail transport standards of the projects implemented by stating that considerably increased, said as well that Turkey is the new high-speed and conventional rail lines to do that and to revive the rail industry practices and steps disposed simultaneously.
The rail network Almost all of that renewed rail produced in Turkey and infrastructure of high standards that made the highlight Elvan, the development of the national railway network in Turkey railway noting that accelerate the formation of the private sector, "Ankara-Eskişehir, Ankara-Konya Konya-Eskişehir high-speed train opened for business on line, high-speed train operator of Turkey countries in the world took place in the league. The Istanbul-Eskisehir section of the Istanbul-Ankara high-speed railway has also been completed, and testing and certification studies continue. "High-speed and high-speed railway projects, which are currently under construction, will be completed in the short term, and a population of approximately 40 million will have access to direct high-speed train transportation."
Stating that Marmaray is one of the major railway projects taking place at regional and intercontinental scale, Elvan said, “With Marmaray, not only the two sides of Istanbul are connected, but also one of the most important links of the modern Silk Railway, which extends from Far Asia to Western Europe, the Bosphorus. It was built as an engineering marvel 62 meters below. Turkey's Marmaray is not only a recovery, geese strength of all countries in the Silk rail route. Construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, which is the other important link of the Silk Railway, continues. " used the expressions.
On the other hand, block freight train corridors have been created in Europe, Middle East and Asian countries, Elvan said.
“Connecting Europe to the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia by rail freight corridors is important for Europe in this respect. Turkey's heavy load of the load and is being built with the transport and logistics centers in combined transport are also encouraged. At the same time, production centers and organized industrial zones are connected and connected to national networks by railway lines.
For example, a train from Manisa to Germany, a freight from the Middle East to Mersin on the Mediterranean coast reaches Samsun from the Black Sea coast to Kavkaz and from there to Russia. Or a cargo from Europe can go to Pakistan by block trains. Demiryolu Railway investments, freight transports, combined transport examples, strengthening our relations with the EU in the context of the railway and increasing our cooperation in this geography make it inevitable. ”
Looking at this big photo, Elvan stated that the importance of the conference they held today is important and added that he believes that the results of the conference will provide important contributions to the railway sector and the unity of the countries.
In his opening speech, General Director of TCDD Süleyman Karaman said: şekil In the transportation master plan strategy of our Government, which was prepared in 2004, the railways are considered as a sector that needs to be developed as a priority, integrated with other modes of transportation. To be addressed as a priority sector of the railways, it is also closely associated with Turkey's regional and intercontinental locations. located at a natural bridge to Turkey, to strengthen this function, Asia and Europe to create a seamless rail corridor, has set its goal to spend Modern Silk Railway to life, has been preparing suitable projects these goals and this project has begun to implement, "he said.
Karaman speech, "Turkey Marmaray it implemented, ongoing construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, macro again with the ongoing construction of the Third Railway Crossing Bridges project provides a sense of inter-continental railway integration. These large projects will be connected to Europe in the Middle East, with the West-East high-speed train, West-South fast and high-speed train corridors being created.
After the opening of Ankara-Eskişehir, Ankara-Konya, Konya-Eskişehir lines, the construction of the Istanbul-Eskişehir high-speed train line was completed. The test and certification work will be completed later this year.
On the other hand, the construction of the Konya-Karaman high-speed train line continues with the Bursa-Ankara-İzmir-Ankara-Sivas high-speed train lines. The length of these lines is 2160. Sivas-Erzincan construction tender was made; The project processes of the Karaman-Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Gaziantep-Sanliurfa-Mardin-Border south high-speed train line continue.
Until the year 2023, in the coming year 9, 3500 kilometers of high-speed, opening up business quickly and 8500 1000 kilometers and kilometers of new railway made between conventional targets.
Simultaneously with these projects, the domestic railway industry was established with the public-private sector and foreign investor partnership. In this context, Turkey, Istanbul Technical University, in collaboration with TUBITAK and TCDD has realized its national signaling project and has received the application. Our national signal system is expanded to be integrated with the European Signal network.
On the other hand, it has been aimed to signal the conventional railway of about 8 a thousand kilometers without 2023. Similarly, the signaling of the conventional railway 2627 kilometer and the electrification works on the 2400 kilometer railway are continuing. Newly constructed lines and signaled and electrified lines; also the vehicles operated here are in compliance with the European Union standards. When all this is taken into account of the ERTMS Conference to be held in Turkey in terms of not only Turkey, but also in terms of supply of large European countries and the countries of the region, "he said.
Lütfi Elvan, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, and the members of the protocol attended the opening of the fair organized within the scope of the conference. After the opening, Minister Elvan and his entourage visited the booths and received information about the projects and applications related to railway transportation.
The UIC ERTMS World Conference is held every two years. The conference was held in Bern Switzerland in 2007, Malaga in Spain in 2009, and the 10th conference in Stockholm Sweden in April 2012. It was decided that the 11th ERTMS Conference will be held in Istanbul upon the proposal of UIC. 2 participants from all over the world attended the conference held at Istanbul Haliç Congress Center between 3-2014 April 800.
Hosted by UIC General Manager Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX and TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman, ERA (European Railway Agency) General Manager Marcel VERSLYPE, Director General of UNIFE (European Railway Industries Association) Philippe CİTROEN, CER (European Association of Railway and Infrastructure Companies) General Manager Libor LOCHMAN, General Manager of Belgium Infrastructure and EIM (European Infrastructure Managers Association) Vice President Luc LALLEMAND, GSMR Industry Group President Kari KAPSCH, Rail Regulatory General Manager Erol ÇITAK and 38 country railway authorities are participating.
Various sessions will be held at 2-3 April 2014 within the scope of the UIC ERTMS World Conference, where Turkish and European experience on ERTMS will be shared.