Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Cahit Turhan stated that the Ankara-Istanbul High Speed Train (YHT) line serves up to Istanbul-Pendik.Halkalı I hope we will open the line in the first quarter of 2019. Thus, passengers can continue their journey in Pendik without getting off the fast train. Likewise, this trip can be made on the Konya-Istanbul line. ” said.
Turhan, high-speed train projects of the AK Party is one of the important services offered to people, he said.
Turhan reminded that there are high-speed train services between Ankara-Istanbul and Ankara-Konya and Konya-Eskişehir-Istanbul lines, which were put into service in Ankara, and that 40 percent of the country population lives on these routes.
Turhan pointed out that the Ankara-Istanbul line still serves up to Istanbul-Pendik and said, “Pendik-Halkalı Hopefully, we will open the service in the first quarter of 2019. Thus, passengers can continue their journey in Pendik without getting off the fast train. Likewise, this trip can be made on the Konya-Istanbul line. ” he spoke.
“We did not slow down on the high-speed train”
Emphasizing that the Ankara-Sivas YHT line, which is under construction, is planned to be put into service at the end of next year, Turhan said, “Line series started. While infrastructure works are completed to a great extent, superstructure works continue. Works are carried out quickly in places with tunnels and viaducts. We did not slow down on the high-speed train. ” used the expression.
Turhan pointed out that the works are continuing at full speed in the Ankara-İzmir YHT Project, and that they plan to put Ankara-Uşak into service in 2020, and that the section until İzmir will be put into service at the end of 2020 or early 2021.
Konya-Karaman-Yenice, Mersin-Adana Osmaniye and Kahramanmaras fast train and construction work on the Gaziantep line is continuing the transfer of Turhan, said:
“After that, we continue to connect the south line to Şanlıurfa and the middle axis to Niğde via Sivas, Malatya, Elazığ and Diyarbakır. Likewise, Niğde, which will be connected from Samsun, Delice, Aksaray to the southern port, will connect the ports of Samsun and İskenderun over Mersin. Along with these lines, project studies continue on the Erzincan-Trabzon line. ”
“The Germans and the Chinese are concerned with the rapid railroad projects”
Minister Turhan, the railway infrastructure in the country since the Ottoman period, the knowledge and experience of the Germans benefited from a significant part of the work done with them reminded.
Pointing out that the locomotives and wagons, called train sets, were imported from Germany from time to time, as well as railway infrastructure works, Turhan said, “Now our national railway industry has improved significantly. We produce a significant portion of them in our country, even those we use on conventional lines. We have bought 7 sets of high speed trains from Germany to date. The German company received the tender for the last 10 sets of YHT sets. After signing the agreement, sets started to be produced. ” He spoke in the form.
Germans and Chinese, they were interested to emphasize speed rail projects in Turkey Turhan, the funding of studies on this issue voiced by the Treasury and Transportation and Infrastructure continued with the joint venture of the Ministry of Finance.
“Now everybody wants to use their money”
Stating that these countries have a desire to provide loans for infrastructure, Turhan said, “Some of our projects are wanted to be financed by financial institutions of European countries, indicating that there is an investment environment in our country. These people do not come to no avail and spend overtime here. They are interested in our projects. They want to use their finances here, and we want to see our business. ” said.
Minister Turhan, a while ago about 5,5-6 billion euros speed railway projects for Germany Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier said they had informed the German authorities and from Turkey.
Stressing that the German authorities will make an evaluation on this issue, Turhan said:
“The most important of these is credit terms. Now everyone wants to use his money, but the conditions are important. Negotiations continue for us. As Germans, we have done a lot of work with us. I hope that from now on, we will continue to work in the transportation sector with the German government and we will have the opportunity to realize our projects. ”