Historic Ankara Station on January 29, 2021 held on Friday, Turkey and China, and Turkey-block export railway between Russia Speaking at the farewell ceremony of Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, "the last 18 years, as well as providing multi-modal transport links in our country, a continent, creating international corridors We have established uninterrupted and high quality transportation infrastructures between. As you know, 2020 was the year we announced our Railway Reform. Turkey's Transportation Policy Paper axis load, we'll declare to the whole world our claim in the transportation of people and data. " said
Karaismailoğlu, our railways to bring in new lines, as well as to rehabilitate our existing line of both human and Turkey have set out to make the world in freight railway bridge. Thanks to our determined steps since the beginning of the pandemic, we have demonstrated that we are a logistical power that ensures the uninterrupted continuation of the world trade, which has stagnated between Europe and Asia.
Today, the last in December, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line and the central corridor through after our successful completion of the export trend of flights between Turkey and China, Russia from Ankara, the capital He said we live in the first block exports tri our happiness we will send to Moscow.
Our way of owning our railways is not new
Karaismailoğlu, who has adopted and implemented the vision of weaving our country with iron nets, which was set forth in the first years of our Republic, for 18 years, and we saw railways as one of the most important links of sustainable development moves like all other transportation modes. We have considered railways as a state policy since 2003, and in the last 18 years we have invested 171,6 billion lira for the development of our railway infrastructure.
We renewed the entire conventional railway line of 11 km. We built 590 kilometers of high-speed train lines and raised our country to the level of the 1.213th high-speed train operator country in the world and 8th in Europe. We are getting closer to putting our 6 kilometers long Ankara-Sivas YHT line into service.
Currently, we have started train performance tests. In addition to our Ankara-Sivas YHT line, our construction work on a total of 3 km of railway line continues successfully.
We consider the "One Belt One Road Project", which aims to create a huge transportation network by connecting China, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as a very important project for our country, moreover, as an opportunity. Our country, which has a say in the world railway transportation in a short time with the proactive policies we have followed, has become the most strategic connection point of the Iron Silk Road.
In this context, with the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line and our 150-year-old dream, Marmaray, from Far Asia to Western Europe; We made the dream of the Silk Railway from Beijing to London come true.
The train, which made its first flight from Baku to Kars on the Baku - Tbilisi - Kars Railway Line, gave a new direction to the world rail transport. This line, which started its operations on October 30, 2017, has started a new era in the field of rail freight transportation between Asia and Europe.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, the cargo transport time between China and Turkey 1 month to 12 days, century project Marmaray, the time between this and even integrated being in the Far East and Western Europe decreased to 18 days. A new and very important alternative has emerged for global trade networks between Asia and Europe.
Our export train, which we will see off today, will travel approximately 4 kilometers to Moscow, its destination in the Russian Federation, using the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line.
3 dishwashers, stoves and ovens produced in our country will be transported to the Vladimir Region of the Russian Federation in 321 containers loaded on 15 wagons.
Previously sea and by road transport made that this is done with the railways, the breakthrough in the field of railways and rail in Turkey is the result of confidence in our MANAGEMENT.
Increasing our country's exports is our goal. Made by our government moves all the way to increase our exports will be in support of this move, Turkey-Russia railway line is extremely important in terms of mutual work.
This transportation, which will be done with road-rail combined transportation and door-to-door delivery model, will be a very important alternative for our exporters.
He said that with the transportation of containers and trucks by rail, the transportation costs of our exporters will decrease and their competitiveness will increase.
I want to give you one more good news
As you know, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, we now regularly send our export trains to China. A new one of our Chinese trains is leaving today. With our train, 1.000 tons of borax mine to be exported to China by the General Directorate of Eti Mining Operations will be transported in 42 containers to X'ian, China.
We do the export loading of Eti Maden Borax at Kırka Bor Değirmenözü Connection Line. By the way, I would like to briefly touch on this junction line. In order to increase freight transportation, we attach great importance to junction lines in order to provide railway connection to centers with cargo potential such as factories, ports, organized industrial zones. The construction of 83,51 junction lines with a length of 5 kilometers is currently underway. In order to make our country the logistics base of the region and to increase the competitiveness of our industrialists by transporting their cargo by rail, we also focused on logistics center constructions.
Together with the Konya (Kayacık) logistics center, which was opened by our President on November 2, 2020, we have commissioned 11 logistics centers so far. We will open the Kars Logistics Center, which we have completed soon. With the investments we have made, we aim to increase the share of rail freight transportation in terrestrial freight transportation from 5% to 10%.
After the speeches, the third export between China and Turkey on BTK railway is functioning, then moved to block exports go to Russia to train.