Minister Elvan announced the construction date of the high-speed train line that will extend to Habura: Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Lütfi Elvan said that they invested 2014 billion pounds in 5,4 for railway infrastructure and this figure will reach 9 billion pounds this year.
In his speech at the opening of the 5th International Railway, Light Rail Systems, Infrastructure and Logistics Fair (Eurasia Rail), Minister Elvan stated that they attached great importance to Istanbul as a ministry and that they completed some of the important mega projects they initiated within this framework, said it was going on.
Explaining that they have completed Marmaray, Elvan stated that the two-storey tunnel works under the Bosphorus for rubber wheeled vehicles for the Eurasia Tunnel are continuing and they will finish all the excavation work related to this tunnel this year.
Referring to his work on Elvan, the 3rd bridge and the Northern Marmara motorway, “We will open both the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and the Northern Marmara motorway on 29 October 2015 with all our Istanbul nationals. On the other hand, our highway project works connecting Istanbul to İzmir continue in an intense manner. The bridge we will build on the gulf is the fourth in the world in its own standard. Hopefully, by the end of 2015, we will have completed both the Gulf crossing and the highway part up to Bursa. ”
Minister Elvan said the following about the "3-Storey Grand Istanbul Tunnel" project they announced last week:
“We are breaking new ground again. Just as we are building one of the biggest airports in the world, we will bring a 3-storey tunnel application under the sea for the first time to the world and hopefully bring it to our Istanbul. In this tunnel, one floor will be for metro systems, both arrival and departure. The other two floors will be used for cars. The route to be used for cars will be 16,1 kilometers. It will reach the TEM highway by passing under the Bosphorus from Asia to Europe.
Our metro system will exit Söğütlüçeşme on the Anatolian Side, pass under the Bosphorus and extend to İncirli. Its total length will be 31 kilometers. We are establishing a backbone subway system in Istanbul. Its daily capacity will be 1,5 million passengers. We plan to realize this important project with the build-operate-transfer model shortly after. Now Istanbulites will be able to schedule. This project is environmentally friendly. It is a very important project that does not touch the silhouette of Istanbul and reduces the emission of airborne carbon dioxide. ”
“We are continuing our railway investments rapidly”
Lütfi Elvan is another important project for Istanbul, from Köseköy to Kocaeli, from there, the 3rd bridge, the 3rd airport and HalkalıHe reminded that they had been awarded the project tender for the high speed train line infrastructure extending to Istanbul.
Stating that they will realize this project with the resources allocated from their own budget as the Ministry after the final project works are completed, Elvan said, “The importance of this project is very important. I said, 'Our citizens from Ankara to Istanbul will now have the opportunity to reach 1 hour and 15 minutes'. We are planning to make the section from Ankara Sincan to Köseköy with the build-operate-transfer model. We will grant the right of concession to the company that will make this investment on that route. As of Köseköy, we have provided our company with the privilege right, both the 3rd bridge and the 3rd airport and HalkalıWe will also allow the use of the railway line extending to Istanbul. Thus, it will become a very attractive project for our investors. ”
Elvan said that they continue to invest in railroads across the country.
“Our work on our Ankara-İzmir, Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line continues. Our 60-kilometer railway line connecting Bursa to the high-speed train line on the Eskişehir Istanbul route continues. Our work continues on the line that will connect Central Anatolia to the Mediterranean, Adana and Mersin, from Konya to Karaman, from there to Ulukışla and from there to Adana and Mersin. In a sense, we will bring our citizens and industrialists in Central Anatolia together with the Mediterranean and the port. Our Konya-Karaman line will probably be completed in a period of 8-10 months. We will continue our work in the part that quickly reaches the Mediterranean.
In addition to these, there are some important projects that we will start the construction work in 2015. We will start the construction works for the high speed line that will connect the Adana and Mersin route to Habur shortly. We will start the construction of the Gaziantep-Şanlıurfa line this year. Istanbul-Edirne line is another line that we plan to start building. We want to start the construction of the line that extends to Kapıkule. We will start the construction of Mersin-Adana, Sivas-Erzincan lines. Our works on the Adana-Gaziantep line in the Mediterranean region continue. We will also complete the works of the Bursa-Gemlik railway project this year. We will complete the final projects of the Erzincan-Erzurum-Kars, Eskişehir-Kütahya-Afyonkarahisar-Antalya high speed train lines this year. We started the project design of the Antalya-Konya-Aksaray-Nevşehir-Kayseri route and the Kırıkkale-Çorum-Samsun line and Yerköy-Aksaray-Ulukışla high-speed train lines. ”
“In the coming days, we will go on a tender for 80 train sets”
Minister Elven, in 2003 the whole of Turkey is 11 thousand kilometers of conventional railway line near recalled, currently 9 thousand kilometers on the old railway line said they thoroughly renewed.
Emphasizing that they will renew all conventional lines as of the end of this year, Elvan stated that they continue to intensify electrification and signaling projects.
On the production side, Elvan stated that the necessary works were carried out in Eskişehir for high-speed national train, Adapazarı for national electric and diesel train sets, and Sivas for the infrastructure to produce national freight wagons, and a serious infrastructure was created in these areas in these provinces.
Stating that the tender process related to engineering and industrial design continues in the high speed national train construction process, Elvan said, “Apart from that, we know that our General Directorate of State Railways needs high speed train sets in parallel with the infrastructure investments we have made especially intensely. In this context, we will hold a tender for 80 train sets in the coming days. Here, 53 percent local content, making domestic production in Turkey and we will seek common possession of the absolute requirement, "he said.
Elvan stated that all the works related to the liberalization of the railways were completed and that they will form the more efficient faster production mechanism by taking the step of railway liberalization in the coming days.
Elvan said that they completed the 2014 kilometers of railway infrastructure in 369, and that they will complete the 2015 kilometers of railway infrastructure in 332 and offer them to the service of citizens.
Stating that another important project is the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, which will bring the historical Silk Road back to life, Elvan said, “Even though it is heavily winter, our work continues. As of the end of this year, I hope that we will open the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku line and we will offer not only our own citizens but also the service of Europe, Central Asia and the Far East. ”
Emphasizing that they have made a significant increase in railway investments, Elvan said, “In 2003, we had only 580 million lira railway investment per year. Last year we invested 5,4 billion lira of railway infrastructure. In 2015, we will invest 9 billion liras for the railway infrastructure. As of 2016, this rate will continue increasingly. ”
After his opening speech, Minister Elvan visited the stands.