Minister Yıldırım, We Will Connect YHT and 43 Million People to Each Other: Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Binali Yıldırım, stated that the amount of investment made on the railway infrastructure and superstructure amounted to approximately 20 billion dollars. He said to connect 55 cities with 43 million people, 14 of whom live.
Binali Yıldırım, at the 6th Istanbul Fair Center in Yeşilköy. International Railway, Light Rail Systems, Infrastructure and Logistics Fair - participated in the opening ceremony of Eurasia Rail. Opening the program in a speech the Minister Yildirim, when they came into office in 2002, is not encouraging infrastructure of the rail system in Turkey since 1951, as significant investments in railways until 2002, said the renewal of the infrastructure.
Binali Yıldırım, Hence, while our railways, which have a network of 11 thousand kilometers, should bear the burden of this country, as a result of negligence, the country had to bear the burden of the railways at that time. However, with the determined policies and projects, YHT initially started the construction of the high-speed train lines on the one hand, and we focused on the overhaul of this infrastructure which was not handled, renewal, signaling of non-signaled lines, increasing the amount of electrification and completely renewing the existing infrastructure.
WE HAVE COME TO 35 PERCENT IN ELECTRIFICATION, BUT WE DO NOT ENJOY THEM
Reminding that Turkey's rail network takes on the agenda at last year Lightning, we look at the past 10 years, 11 thousand kilometers of 10 thousand kilometer line completely refurbished condition. In addition, the amount of signaled lines, which is around 5 percent, has exceeded 30 percent. We have reached 35 percent in electrification, but we do not see them as sufficient. Our goal is to make all lines electrified and signaled in the next 8-10 years, at least to increase above 80 percent.
WE WILL CONNECT 43 MILLION PEOPLE WITH YHT
Yıldırım added that they would make 10 thousand kilometer railway line with additional conventional and fast rail lines. 14 said that they aim to connect the city with iron nets. Yıldırım shared the following information
The YHT we have done so far, we have completed and put into operation is 213 kilometers. When we add conventional lines to 360 kilometers, we have totally new lines built over 570 kilometers, but we also have lines that we have completed the infrastructure of which we actually work over 3 thousand kilometers above 50 percent. We will complete all of these ongoing projects by the end of 2018. Our goal is to connect YHT and 55 cities in passenger transport, with 43 million people, corresponding to 14 percent of our population.
OUR CARGO RANGE IN THE RAILWAYS WILL REMOVE 100 MILLION TONS
Binali Yildirim, more ambitious targets by the passenger transport in Turkey, underlining that rail freight was found. Yıldırım, After the renovation of all lines is completed, after the signal and electrification level has been increased, and since the private sector's infrastructures have started to be used as of the middle of this year, our freight transport amount on the railways is around 26 million tons today. We calculate that this figure will increase to 3 million tons within 5-100 years. What does this mean? There is a greater need for rolling stock vehicles. More modern train sets are needed, more logistics centers are needed. In the next 10 years rail infrastructure investment that we made in Turkey, the superstructure is just over 40 billion dollars. The amount of investment we have made in the railway so far has reached approximately 20 billion dollars. That means we have a lot of work to do, he said.
VER HANDI FROM CHINA TO LONDON
Stating that the railway network is also important for the revival of the historic İpekyolu, Yıldırım continues our projects step by step. We are commissioning the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Project at the end of this year. Thus, we complete a missing link. When you make the transition with Marmaray, give your hand from China to London without interruption? He said that we will have realized such an infrastructure.
In the medium and long term in the world of railways and superstructures of the amount of investment to be made in the amount of 1 trillion dollars will be calculated as Lightning, so that everyone will do a lot of work, he said.
After the speeches, Binali Yıldırım cut the opening ribbon of the "International Railway, Light Rail Systems, Infrastructure and Logistics Fair - Eurasia Rail" organized for the 6th time this year with the guests. Minister Yıldırım, with his accompanying people, visited the stands in the fair area and received information from the authorities.