Kütahya Meets Electric Trains and Signalization System: AK Party Kütahya Deputy Vural Kavuncu noted that Kütahya will now meet with electric trains and signaling system.
Kavuncu stated in his statement that the construction of the Eskişehir-Kütahya-Balıkesir signaling project, which will cost 250 million TL, was invited, and said, “Our investments continue in our railway transportation, which is revived with the AK Party governments. We are literally stepping into an era in our railways, which have been neglected for years and considered the world's safest freight and human transportation. We buy electric locomotives instead of aging diesel locomotives running on our rails in our region.
Eskişehir-Kütahya-Balıkesir between the entire process of electrification and automated signaling project carried out as a physical progress in Eskişehir Kütahya has been completed to a great extent. The studies for the installation of the transformer center 6 between Eskişehir-Kütahya-Balıkesir and the works in Kütahya-Tavşanlı, Tavşanlı-Dursunbey and Dursunbey-Balıkesir stages continue. The total amount of this project carried out along the 330 km line is 110 million pounds. Since electricity production will be carried out by using electric trains, domestic energy will be transferred to electricity and a positive contribution will be provided to the current account deficit. An electric locomotive and 2 diesel locomotive can be realized.
Electric train operation is 33 percent less costly than diesel operation. When these studies are completed, electric trains will be activated. Electric trains will start operating between Eskişehir and Tavşanlı for the first time in the coming months. First, the freight trains and then our passenger trains will change gradually, with the opening of the Balıkesir line completely, this line will also operate electrically. The construction of the Eskişehir-Kütahya-Balıkesir signaling project, which is another giant investment of 250 million TL, is also continuing. In this project, the project is about to be completed in Eskişehir Alayunt line section and signal test studies have been carried out. In the Alayunt-Kütahya-Tavşanlı line section; Excavation, concrete, cable channel, cable laying works are continuing. With the signalization investment, it will be possible to operate more trains than freight and passenger trains according to the existing TMİ (Central Train Central Administration) system and the line capacity will increase. Because in the TMİ system, trains will travel with more than one block distance between the same station in signalization while traveling with the station distance. As the ERMTS security system in the signaling project, the rail breaks and the general negativities of the road will be immediately reported to the train locomotives and train control centers, possible accidents will be prevented and navigation safety will be provided at the highest level. With the signalization system, passenger and freight trains will follow each other with a block distance, so the train delays will decrease to the minimum level and the trains will be able to run on time. Because this line is a line connecting Kütahya to Soma, İzmir for now. However, this route will also connect us to Bandırma and the ports, and from there to Europe by ferry, and we will have a line with a very high economic value. Rail change works are currently continuing at approximately 110 km between the Gökçedağ-Nusrat stations of the Tavşanlı-Balıkesir line. Since this region is geographically mountainous and rugged, studies are also difficult. I can say that we follow the works closely, although the exact deadline cannot be given due to difficulties such as landslides. We will inform the public about developments. These railway projects are the investments of the highest value in our history for our Kütahya ”.