In the last year, 845 freight trains passed through the Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing, which enables uninterrupted rail transportation between Asia and Europe.
According to the statement made by TCDD Tasimacilik AS; Marmaray, which opened on 29 October 2013 and brought great comfort and convenience to the public transportation of Istanbul between Kazlıçeşme-Ayrılık Fountain, was opened on 12 March 2019.Halkalı Before the epidemic, it served an average of 350-420 thousand people per day. Marmaray also provides uninterrupted transportation of high-speed trains (YHT) and freight trains to Europe-Asia continents.
Marmaray, which has been providing uninterrupted rail transportation between continents since the day it was put into operation and described as a "100-year dream", also serves domestic, international and transit freight transportation as well as in-city and intercity passenger transportation.
Continuous Crossing between Continents from Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing
Net 845 thousand tons and gross 15 thousand tons of freight were transported from Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing with 255 freight trains and 370 thousand 700 wagons in the last year. Of these trains, 451 headed towards Europe and 394 headed towards Asia and most of them carried export cargo.
Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing, which provides uninterrupted rail transportation between Asia and Europe,Halkalı It serves public transportation between the cities and intercity passenger with high-speed trains, and domestic, international and transit freight transportation at night.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line and international trains coming from the Middle Corridor and continuing to Europe and all export trains sent from the Thrace Region to the Middle East cross continents from the Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing between 00.00 and 05.00, when passenger transportation is not carried out. .
In addition to international trains, freight trains coming from many different points in Anatolia reach factories and industrial zones in Istanbul and Thrace using the Marmaray Line.
In addition, cargoes are transported to European countries by rail over Kapıkule and to other countries by sea via Tekirdağ Asian Port Port.
Likewise, in the opposite direction, import cargoes coming from Europe by rail and arriving by sea to Tekirdağ Asian Port Port are transported to Anatolia by passing through Marmaray.
In about a year since the commencement of regular trips, an average of 2 freight trains, 2 from Asia to Europe and 4 from Europe to Asia, are passing by an average of 7 freight trains per day, up to XNUMX per day, depending on the load density. .
Freight train capacity can be up to 00.00 pairs of trains per day between 05.00-21 when there are no passenger trains on the Marmaray Line.
Golden Ring of the Middle Corridor
The passing of the Chinese transit train on 17 November 2020 from the Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing, which has started freight transportation regularly every day since 6 April 2019, became a milestone in international rail freight transportation. The first transit train from China to Europe was sent to Turkey in 12 days using the Middle Corridor and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, which is called the Iron Silk Road, and a total of 18 days to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, with the Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing. reached.
Considering that 5 thousand trains travel from this line, known as the Northern Railway Corridor, which passes through Russia between China and Europe, which is currently the production center of the world, is expected to bring some of them to Europe via the Middle Corridor, which means Turkey, to bring Turkey to an important position in logistics.
With Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Transition, Cost Reduced, Time Saved
With the Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing, a significant advantage has been achieved in terms of transportation costs and time while entering a historical period in freight transportation.
Before Marmaray, there were many problems in freight transportation, which was provided by transfer by sea, due to the high transportation costs and time loss, as well as the limited capacity of the ferries.
The Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Crossing and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line and the Middle Corridor, which connects the two continents at a depth of 60 meters in the Istanbul Strait, constitute the main element of the logistics planning of the future in the logistics sector not only in Turkey but also throughout the world.