Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, stating that railway transportation is gaining importance, said, “Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway Line freight transportation, which was approximately 2020 thousand tons in the first quarter of 78, was 2 thousand 468 wagons with 154 thousand 836 wagons in the first quarter of this year. reached tons. " said.
Stating that railway transportation has become more effective to ensure the continuity of trade under the conditions of the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, Karaismailoğlu said that in the first quarter of this year, domestic and international rail transport increased by 30 percent compared to the same period last year. Karaismailoğlu said, "In 2020, there was a 25 percent increase in rail freight transport in the direction of Europe compared to the previous year, and the same momentum continues this year." he spoke.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the demand for the transportation carried out by TCDD General Directorate of Transport to Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Czechia, France and Germany in the European direction is increasing day by day, and to meet this, the existing train services are increased and new block freight trains reported that he was put on the expedition.
"Truck box transportation will start from Anatolia via Marmaray this year"
Karaismailoğlu between the European tr safe transport with Turkey also increasingly drawing attention to incidents, he continued:
“With this type of transport, which allows 2 truck boxes to be transported in a single wagon in specially equipped wagons, loads that need to be transported with hundreds of trucks are transported to their destination by a small number of trains without causing traffic on the road. This has many advantages in terms of cost, time and environment. "
Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that the private sector is also investing in truck box transportation, and that efforts are continuing to start truck box transportation in different destinations, and this will be started this year from Anatolia via Marmaray.
"This year's target of 1 million tons of Turkey-Iran move"
Karaismailoğlu, Turkey and freight transport between Iran compared to the previous year in 2020, while the information is provided 60 percent increase, available on the new circuit capacity and speed increases, he said Lake Van ferry Iranian-way transport in many important advantages provided.
Turkey-Iran move of removing one million tons this year and Pakistan via Iran, Afghanistan and Karaismailoğlu indicating the continuing work to be carried cargo to China, a lot of nice projects with the cooperation of brotherly and friendly countries that also implemented, reported the most concrete is the example of the BTK railway line .
"Suez Canal crisis increased the importance of the Middle Corridor"
Karaismailoğlu, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, also said he revealed the importance of the middle of the corridor from Turkey, Russia and block freight trains run and the near-crisis Suez Canal in time for China.
Karaismailoğlu, who stated that a total of 2019 thousand 104 tons of freight was carried over the BTK Railway Line and the Middle Corridor last year, with an increase of 396 percent compared to 778.
“BTK freight transportation, which was approximately 2020 thousand tons in the first quarter of 78, reached 2 tons with 468 wagons in total in the first quarter of this year. BTK Railway Line, which gives a new direction to world rail transport, and the Middle Corridor, has a large load demand due to the epidemic. The Middle Corridor offers important opportunities for freight traffic in Asia to reach the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean Region, thanks to our country's port connections. The countries through which the Middle Corridor passes from the Euro-China trade traffic, which amounts to 154 billion dollars annually, will gain a significant amount of economic gain. "
"335 thousand tons of cargo was transported from Marmaray"
Karaismailoğlu, Asia and the work they do taking into account the potential burden on the transit rail transport between Europe and Turkey said they wanted to bring the country to the center position.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that Marmaray, which enables uninterrupted railway transportation between the continents, is a milestone in freight transportation, thus carrying 766 thousand 335 tons of freight with 455 freight trains domestically and abroad. In addition to the economic power it brings, it is the biggest supporter of environmentally friendly and fast transportation by saving time and energy. Before 2013, the passage of cargo from Europe or from Anatolia to Europe was provided by sea, and it was started to be made uninterrupted by the Marmaray line. " he spoke.
"Transports that can be made in 8 days via the North-South Corridor will gradually increase"
Emphasizing that the transportation over the BTK Line and the Middle Corridor will increase even more, Karaismailoğlu said:
"China-Turkey-Europe freight train tracks so far 15 thousand 11-kilometer route through the Marmaray total of 483 completed the 18 days. This railway line continues through regular container block train transports launched in China-Turkey-Europe route. China successfully in Turkey and Europe with a total of 19 blocks from the train line while operating container trains from China to Turkey, as well as 4 blocks Kutahya Değirmenözü finally installed borax from 2 train were shipped to this country. Borax trains between our country and China will be operated on a regular basis. "
Karaismailoğlu In the coming years China "Northern Line" as stated and the China-Russia (Siberia) over that plans to make over the passage of 5 percent of the train to Europe takes place annually 30 thousand block Turkey attention, this year 1500 train transit through Turkey as He reported that it meant reaching Europe.
BTK Line out Launched Turkey-Russia (Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Russia) rail transport by creating a new North-South Corridor, Karaismailoğlu indicating that different destinations and allow the transport of the product provided that the transport line can be done in 8 days told will gradually increase.
Karaismailoğlu, stating that they will continue to give importance to the railway sector, "Turkey acceleration of our investment in the rail sector with the goal of making logistical base is sustained upward, the share in 2023, investments in transport railways will reach 60 percent." said.