The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today 314,5 million euros for Turkey Railway Logistics Improvement Project (US $ 350 million equivalent) has approved a loan in the amount.
According to a statement from the World Bank project, the selected rail freight to reduce transport costs in the corridors and the Republic of Turkey Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry of rail freight perform connections and railway aims to strengthen the capacity to manage associated logistics centers.
The statement was made following information: "The project will support the construction of Turkey's multi-modal connections in the last kilometer connection with the priority infrastructure of the national rail network nodes. These interventions will help revitalize the transportation and logistics sector and, accordingly, contribute to the sustainability of freight owners operating supply chains in the target corridors of the project after the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Bank Country Director for Turkey Auguste Kouame said in a statement on the occasion of the approval of the loan was stated: "Despite the appropriate economic geography and commodity specialization features, rail accounts for only 4 percent of Turkey's transport tonnage.
This means that the vast majority of freight transport is still carried out on the highway. This table reveals an important economic value potential in terms of avoidable logistics costs and environmental externalities. Project investments will be made in Turkey in the context of rail freight potential to be fully utilized and transport sector contributes to the pursuit of a greener approach from an environmental perspective. "
The project to be implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (UAB) has three components:
The First Component includes the construction of railway junction lines and multi-modal connections at the priority railway network nodes, including Filyos Port, Çukurova Region Industrial Zones, İskenderun Bay Ports and additional priority locations to be selected during implementation.
The second component includes the preparation of feasibility studies, detailed engineering projects, environmental and social documents for the last kilometer connection infrastructure at additional freight transport node points, and the provision of supervision services.
technical assistance to ensure uniformity in the Third Component railway technical standards, through an operation and management plan preparation for the rail freight sector to provide support to the preparation of a strategy document aimed at improving the performance and rail linked logistics centers, including supporting the Republic of Turkey State Railways, project implementation institutional strengthening, capacity building and second-stage COVID-19 response support.
Murad Gürmeriç and Luis Blancas, Task Team Leaders of the project, stated the following regarding the project: “The benefits of this project include strengthening the management and decision-making capacity within the UAB in order to develop multimodal transport, expand the use of rail freight transport and improve the quality of rail freight transport throughout the country. will take. The project is expected to reduce transportation costs, greenhouse gas emissions and local pollutant emissions, and increase the share of railways in freight transport in the corridors targeted by the project ”.
The project covers the period 2018-2023 and MY growth, inclusiveness and sustainability, focusing on three strategic areas identified as Turkey Country Cooperation Framework (CPF) is compatible with. Projects focus on growth by strengthening the competitiveness of the transport sector in Turkey, it will contribute to the sustainability focus areas through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.
The project also aligns with the World Bank Group's approach to supporting client countries in reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies, companies and employees.
Impact assessments to be conducted under the Third Component will include the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure to identify the medium and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply and demand sides of the multimodal logistics sector, and to include interventions to address the behavioral and professional aspects of risk prevention in order to mitigate these impacts. to design public, public-private and private sector interventions. "