The final stage of high-quality connection to Trans-European Transport Networks Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Project Çerkezköy- The Capping Tower Construction Work Groundbreaking Ceremony was held at the old Karaağaç Train Station. The ceremony took place on 25 September 2019; Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan, Chairman of the Delegation of European Union to Turkey Christian Berger, the European Union Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc and TCDD General Director Ali Ihsan participated appropriate.
Making a speech at the ceremony, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Cahit Turhan said, “With the route of our country from the Bulgarian border to Istanbul. Halkalı-Kapıkul Railway Line Project geographically symbolizes the binding Turkey to the EU. " testified.
In his speech Turkey, three continents, linking a very important geo-strategic and geopolitical position that we stated that the Minister Turhan own, that Turkey has both a geographical location, cultural heritage and historical continuity with both Asia and the Middle East to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea as well as the European countries and more than 50 percent of Turkey's exports to Europe realized that gave the information.
In his assessment of Transport and Infrastructure Minister Turhan, "as Turkey, ensuring the highest standards of European integration of transport networks, always been among our priorities. Request, HalkalıWith the launch of the Kapikule Railway Line, the final stage of connecting to Trans-European Transport Networks in high quality will be completed. Due to the position of our country connecting Europe to Asia and the Far East, the fact that trade routes between Europe and Africa are at the focal point for the growing Asian economies makes the construction of this line much more important. ” used expressions.
Modern Silk Road Gaining Vitality
Minister Turhan said, “It is very meaningful that it will contribute to the One Generation One Road Project, which aims to establish a huge infrastructure and transportation network by connecting China, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.” We have accomplished great works throughout our country, in the east-west and north-south axis, for the "Middle Corridor", as we call it, the "Modern Silk Road" to come to life. For this reason, we have approached the implementation of the Iron Silk Road from London to Beijing as a strategic issue from the very beginning. We have clearly demonstrated our support and belief in this project with the Marmaray and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line that we put into service. ” noted his words.
Halkalı-Kapıkul Railway Line Project, the European Union and cooperation within the framework of long Turhan Minister underlined that this is a project that is striving for the realization, said: "Both Turkey and also considerably at all levels in the European Union side, labor and efforts have been made. With the commissioning of the line, everyone will be profitable as commercial mobility will reach serious dimensions. In addition to its budget size and technical features, our country's route from the Bulgarian border to Istanbul, Halkalı-Kapıkul Railway Line Project geographically symbolizes the binding Turkey to the EU. We will lay the foundation Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Project Çerkezköy- For the construction of Kapıkule Section, a new record will be set by using the EU grant of 275 million Euros. The workforce that will be needed during the 4 year construction works will be provided from the region as in our other projects.
The development of relations between Turkey and the European Union Turhan explained that historical responsibility, better highlighting of the rail foundation laid railway line will further strengthen relations with the EU and wished to be auspicious.