Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan's published in the February 2020 issue of Raillife magazine titled “We do not slow down on railways”.
The Author of the Minister
Since the first day we took office as a government, we have acted with the fact that transportation infrastructure is the most basic element that develops and transforms all living spaces.
Because human beings have entered into new economic, social and cultural relations with every development in transportation, from the invention of the wheel to the discovery of the locomotive, from the first production of the car to the aircraft technology. At this point, we have invested over 17 billion lira in transportation and access infrastructure during our 776,6 years in office. However, we did not attach importance to railways only because of their contribution to the national economy and social life. Our railways have a meaning beyond these lands. Let me even say that the construction of the İzmir-Aydın line on September 23, 1856 was the turning point in the social, cultural and economic shaping of the Anatolian geography by changing its climate.
With the awareness of the importance of railways for our country, we made railways into state policy in 2003. We waited a lot for the land train, but now it's time to accelerate. We have renewed all of the railways that have not been touched for centuries, we have signaled and electrified. We introduced our country to High Speed Train in 2009. Thus, we have ensured that our citizens catch the “missing train” with YHT in the last 60 years. In the second quarter of this year, we will open the Ankara-Sivas High Speed Train line and link Sivas to the capital at high speed. We didn't just stay on high-speed train. We have launched a new activity area for our citizens by launching the Bosphorus Express and Lakes Express, as well as the Touristic East Express, which is among the most beautiful rail travel routes in the world.
Based on the expectations of our citizens for the railway, we will continue our investments without slowing down.
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