Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said that as of August 2021, the amount of freight carried on our railways increased by 18 percent compared to the previous period. A total of 1 million 276 thousand 134 tons of cargo was transported in exports and imports over our Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line. We aim to increase this to 2024 million tons of cargo by the end of 20.
Within the scope of the 165th anniversary of the Turkish railways and the signing of the collective bargaining agreement of the public workers, including the Demiryol-İş Union affiliated to Türk-İş, the "Shoulder to Shoulder 165 Years Railway Workers' Meeting" event will be held on September 29, 2021 at the Behiç Erkin Hall in the Ankara Station campus. carried out.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Labor and Social Security Prof. Dr. Vedat Bilgin, TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş, TCDD Transportation General Manager Hasan Pezük TÜRASAŞ General Manager Mustafa Metin Yazar and Türk-İş President Ergün Atalay, members of the press and railwaymen attended.
“The construction works of a total of 3 thousand 515 kilometers of high-speed train and 357 kilometers of conventional lines continue”
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that the construction works on a total of 3 kilometers of high-speed train line and 515 kilometers of conventional lines are continuing.
Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that they continue their work with the understanding of 10 days and 7 hours service with the aim of raising Turkey among the 24 largest economies of the world, and noted that they have implemented the projects one by one.
Karaismailoğlu stated that the sweat and effort of the railway workers in projects such as Marmaray, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, which connects the continents from the metros built in urban transportation to intercity YHT lines, from international lines that increase Turkey's economic power, said, "In return for this effort, Turkey will become stronger. will develop and grow.” said.
“We Increased the Share of Railways in Investment from 2013 percent in 33 to 2020 percent in 47.”
Emphasizing that they continue to increase the railway potential in human and freight transportation by covering Turkey with iron nets, Karaismailoğlu said:
“Our country, located in the Middle Corridor of the Iron Silk Road stretching from China to London, between Asia and Europe, is a center for international freight and passenger transportation. During the period of our governments, the amount of investment we made for the development of our country's railways exceeded 212 billion liras. We increased the share of railways in investment from 2013 percent in 33 to 2020 percent in 47.”
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that they have started mobilization for the modernization of the railways and the construction of new YHT lines, and stated that they are working to reduce the margin of error to zero with the lines they have built and the signaling systems they have renewed while offering a comfortable and economical travel alternative in this area.
“Projects to Reduce Logistics Costs”
On the other hand, while shortening travel times, Karaismailoğlu pointed out that they made a significant contribution to reducing emissions with electric trains compared to other travel alternatives, and said, “Our country has an important trade volume in regional freight transportation. We will further increase this potential by building logistics centers. Ankara-Sivas YHT Line, Ankara-İzmir, Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmanaeli, Konya-Karaman-Ulukışla, Aksaray-Ulukışla-Yenice, Mersin-Adana-Gaziantep, Kapıkule-Çerkezköy-Halkalı Our construction work continues on a total of 3 kilometers of high-speed train lines, such as high-speed train lines. In addition, we are rapidly continuing our work on the 515 kilometer conventional line.” used the phrases.
“Ankara-Istanbul will be 40 minutes shorter next year”
Karaismailoğlu stated that they aim to complete the additional works on the Ankara-Istanbul High Speed Train Line, whose infrastructure productions have been completed and will shorten the travel time by another 40 minutes, and made the following assessment:
“Our ultimate goal in rail transport is to reach a carrying capacity of 75 million tons”
“Our works for the construction of junction lines to these centers with load potential continue at full speed in order to ensure the railway connection of freight centers such as factories, ports and organized industrial zones, and to be more competitive in transportation cost and quantity. Thus, we will provide significant savings in logistics costs in production. As a result of all these efforts, our ultimate goal in railway transportation is to reach 25 million tons of transport capacity in our 20 logistics centers, on an area of 75 million square meters, and to contribute to the holistic development of our country.”
“We Will Continue to Protect Our Workers Brothers Against Inflation”
Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that although life has come to a standstill due to the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-2020) epidemic, which was seen for the first time in Turkey in March 19 and affected the whole world, by fulfilling the measures and certification procedures of the Ministry of Health in all transportation modes, including railways, the services quickly became obsolete. He told me that they got it up to speed.
Expressing that they have implemented many measures within the scope of their responsibility as the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in order to reduce the effects of the epidemic on the labor market, Karaismailoğlu said, “With the effect of these measures, most of the losses caused by the epidemic, especially in the services sector, in employment and participation in the workforce have been compensated.” made its assessment.
Pointing out that while the traffic flow between countries narrowed significantly during the epidemic in other modes of transportation, the process worked in favor of railway transportation, Karaismailoğlu said, “As of August 2021, the amount of freight carried on our railways has increased by 18 percent compared to the previous period. A total of 1 million 276 thousand 134 tons of cargo was transported in exports and imports over our Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line. We aim to increase this to 2024 million tons of cargo by the end of 20.” said.
“Next Year We Will Start Mass Production of National Electric Locomotive”
Emphasizing that they are making rapid progress in becoming a strong brand that gives confidence to friendly and cooperating countries in the regional and international arena with their domestic and national production move, Karaismailoğlu continued as follows:
“We have completed the test processes of the national electric train set with a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and we will start mass production in 2022. Next year, we will start the mass production of the national electric locomotive. We will complete the design work of the National High Speed Train with a speed of 225 kilometers per hour and move on to the prototype production stage. On the other hand, we continue to work on the design of the National Commuter Train Project. Our goal is to put our vehicle on the rails in 2023. As soon as we complete these projects and put our vehicles on the rails, we will reach an important stage for our country in the production of all rail system vehicles, including the design and production of metro, suburban and tramway vehicles. While we realize our goals and support the holistic development of our country, the most important issue for us is you who shed a lot of effort for this cause. In this respect, in the collective bargaining agreement signed, all parties showed great effort, showing goodwill and sincerity, to protect your labor, hard work and rights. We will continue to protect our fellow workers against inflation.”
“We Will Handle Mega Transportation Projects That Will Change the World”
Minister Karaismailoğlu also stated that they will organize an international council themed “Logistics, Mobility and Digitalization” at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 6-7-8 October.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they will discuss mega transportation projects that will change the world at the 55th Transportation and Communications Council, which will be attended by senior executives from 12 countries, and noted that they will set new standards for global supply chains after Kovid-19 in the organization, and will discuss the dissemination of digitalization in all transportation and communication modes.
“The way of Turkey's development passes through the railway”
Minister of Labor and Social Security Prof. Dr. Vedat Bilgin, in his speech, expressed his happiness to be with the railwaymen after 145 years in the railways, where I celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding as the General Manager of TCDD, and said, “The relationship between railway and development is very important. If the Ottoman Empire had started railway investments 20 years ago, we would not have lost so much land. The railway is also the source of industrialization. The way of Turkey's development passes through the railway.”
Türk-İş Chairman Ergun Atalay stated that he took his mother's hand and took him to the Railway Apprentice School exam, that he started working on the railways as a worker in Adapazarı half a century ago, and that his grandfather also worked for the railway, "The railways are our bread and butter. This institution is our home. We all live in this country. This is our home. If the wheels turn during the pandemic period, it turns thanks to the employees. We live together in a difficult geography. We will continue to produce together in this country.”
TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş stated that the history of the Turkish Railway started with the İzmir-Aydın line on September 23, 1856, and stated that they would continue to work and reach their goals by embracing every city of Anatolia.
“Freight Transport on Railways Increased by 2021 Percent in 20”
Hasan Pezük, General Manager of TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ, said that while they transport thousands of passengers and thousands of tons of cargo per day on a railway network of approximately 1213 thousand 12 kilometers, 803 kilometers of which is YHT, they serve with the knowledge, experience and love of railroads of 165 years of deep-rooted history.
Stating that the railways came to the forefront in ensuring the continuity of trade during the epidemic, the demand for railway transportation increased gradually and 2020 million tons of cargo was transported in 29,9, stated that the best transportation amount in the railway history was achieved in this process, and 600 thousand tons of transportation increase was achieved compared to the previous year.
Noting that this year, compared to the same period of the previous year, there has been more than 20 percent increase in freight transport, Pezuk emphasized that not only on the basis of quantity, but also the variety of cargo and track has increased. Giving the information that the increase trend in freight transports continued this year and reached 25 million tons, Pezük noted that the number of daily passengers carried approached the pre-epidemic values.
Turkish Railway Vehicles Continue to be Designed with Turkish Engineers and Produced with Workers
TÜRASAŞ General Manager Mustafa Metin Yazar said that they will prioritize national solutions while managing their resources, and that they will adopt a stance where young minds take more responsibility and innovation is adopted as a principle.
Emphasizing that they continue to design and manufacture Turkey's YHT, electric train, locomotive and wagons with Turkish engineers, the author expressed that they will put them at the service of the country.