Trambus Damages Urfa's Historical Fabric

Turkey's First Domestic and National Trambuses Came to the Test Drive in Sanliurfa
Turkey's First Domestic and National Trambuses Take a Test Drive in Şanlıurfa

📩 03/01/2023 09:40

Stating that the Trambus project, which was prepared for the opening of the Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, will harm the historical texture of the city, ŞPO Urfa Branch President Mehmet Selim Açar said that they proposed the havaray system instead of a cheaper and master plan.

The first phase of the Trambus project, which was introduced by Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality on June 30, 2017, has come to an end. The first stage of the project, which is planned as 4 stages, is between the 7 meters long public transportation center and the museums area. The second, third and fourth phases of the project continue.

The municipality, which has implemented the Trambus Project to overcome the current transportation problem in Urfa, where the population has increased by 5 percent in the last 25 years, is expected to open the first phase of the project in the coming days. The historical and old regions of the Abide, Balıklıgöl, Historical Inns region, Urfa Museum, Divanyolu Avenue, Kapaklı Pasaji and Atatürk Boulevard where the tram line will pass worries the environmental organizations.


Arguing that some of the routes that the trambus line will pass through will be second-degree protected areas and the narrow roads on some routes will make the traffic more inextricable than relieve it, the experts stated that the municipality has signed such a project without consulting the experts and the non-governmental organizations in the city.

Before this kind of projects related to urban transportation should be done before the city said that the master plan of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) Chamber of City Planners Urfa Branch President Mehmet Selim Açar, transportation master plan can not be in the form of such projects drew attention to the possibility of staying in the air. Expressing that they have repeatedly warned the Metropolitan Municipality, Açar stated that this system was first used in Berlin in 1882, but it was used in Italy, Germany, France and Central Europe respectively, and the infrastructure of these countries was made suitable for the use of such vehicles. technology gave up many years ago.


Indicating that it was first used in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara in the 1960s, and that this technology was used until the 1990s, Açar said, "After the 1990s, Turkey's economy has become the worst because it caused accidents, disrupted traffic and was slow. He also stated that he gave up on this technology. Expressing that this project implemented by the Metropolitan Municipality is not a new project, Açar stated that it is not understandable to offer a technology that the whole world has abandoned as a service to the public, and said, “We insist that this system is not suitable for the narrow, complex streets and historical texture of Urfa. No one wants to be wrong, but we sincerely want to be wrong for this city. However, time will prove us right and this project will cause the city traffic to commit suicide. This system will not work in Urfa. It should be replaced by different systems," he said.


Adding that the city's transportation master plan has just been made, Açar stated that if we assume that a rail system will be built within the plan, the rail system infrastructure has not been left with this plan, and this will cause other problems in the future. Noting that the stops for the trambus in the center of Urfa and the electric wires will both disrupt the aesthetics of the city and close the historical texture of the city, Açar finally said: “I think that these wires should not be in the historical areas of the city. There are projects that will not harm the historical texture of the city. Instead of the trambus, we foresee the airrail system, which will be cheaper and will not harm the historical texture of the city, and will be built within the framework of the transportation master plan.”

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