Labor and democracy platforms in Adana and Mersin made simultaneous press statements in front of the stations to start Adana-Mersin train services.
Reading the joint press text, United Transportation Employees Union (BTS) Adana Branch President Tonguç Özkan and BTS Mersin Provincial Representative Önder Buyer stated that it is important for the citizen to use the right of economic, healthy and qualified transportation and requested that the train services be started as soon as possible.
Reminding that the intercity transportation restriction imposed on March 19, 28 within the scope of the Kovid-2020 measures, started to be gradually lifted on May 4, 2020, “While bus, plane travel and Marmaray, Başkentray, İZBAN and High Speed Train services are restarted, intercity mainline and regional train services are still failed to start ”it was said.
He asked why the Adana-Mersin train services, which are preferred by the public because it is more economical than other means of transportation, and used by many people to go to work, were not started, and asked the public to remedy the grievances experienced by the people.
"PENSIONERS WHO USE TRAIN TO WORK ALSO VICTIMED"
In the statement, it was pointed out that with the cancellation of the Adana-Mersin train service, where approximately 12 thousand passengers travel daily, citizens working in these provinces were condemned to travel by paying higher fees for vehicles such as minibuses and buses where the risk of contamination is higher.
The following statements were made in the statements that the railway personnel also faced difficulties in going to and from their duty because the passenger trains were not working:
“With the cancellation of regional trains, public employees, workers and citizens going to work between Mersin, Tarsus, Yenice and Adana experience a lot of financial difficulties during their travels. Questions about when the train services will start; TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. General Directorate replied, 'Our trains are being prepared' from their official accounts. We regret that no preparations were made in the past year. It is very important for our citizens to use their right to cheap, healthy and qualified transportation. Taking into account the coronavirus measures, the urgent expectation of railway workers and citizens is to start train flights as soon as possible. In this context, as the people of Adana, we want all train services, especially Adana-Mersin regional train services, to be started as soon as possible by taking the necessary precautions in accordance with the pandemic conditions. " (Source: UNIVERSAL)