The Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD) has responded to the allegations in a statement on its web site customized. In the statement, “TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ's public service obligation will end at the end of this year, and the said service will be performed by the railway train operator, which has been awarded with open tender procedure as of 2021. It is stated that there is no such thing as ending passenger and freight transport activities within TCDD or privatizing TCDD ”.
In the written statement made by TCDD; “There was a need to make public disclosures regarding UNRIGHT NEWS published in some written and internet media under the heading“ they sell TCDD ”.
As is known, came into force on May 1, 2013 "Turkey, No. 6461 Law on the Liberalization of Railway Transport" was performed with the liberalization of the railway sector. Thus, as in the airline sector, the railway sector was also effectively liberalized in 2017, and the private sector railway enterprises, together with TCDD, were intended to operate competitively under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
With the enactment of the railway liberalization law numbered 6461, 2 private sector train operators other than TCDD also started their freight transportation activities by obtaining their freight transportation authorization. Authorization procedures for private sector train operations continue for passenger transportation.
On the lines where it is not possible to carry out commercial transportation by rail, the transportation is carried out by contract as “Public Service Obligation”. The public service obligation of TCDD Tasimacilik AS, which is still carrying out this service, will end at the end of this year, and the service will be carried out by the railway train operator, which has been awarded by the tender procedure by 2021.
Our investments in the railway infrastructure are continuing in order to provide high quality, safe and economical railway operations in our country. In addition to infrastructure investments, our investments for the provision of High Speed Train sets, Electric and Diesel sets are also continuing in order to continue rail transport services by TCDD.
There is no such thing as terminating passenger and cargo transportation activities within TCDD or privatization of TCDD. ” expressions were used.