Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that they are working hard to expand the electrified lines in Turkey at the ceremony of opening the Ankara Kayseri Conventional Railway as electrified, and as of today, 12 thousand 803 kilometers of all TCDD lines with a total line length of 5 thousand 753 kilometers, namely He stated that 45 percent of them have been electrified.
Ankara-Kayseri Conventional Railway was put into operation as electrified with a ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that with the commissioning of the electrification line of the section between Nenek-Şefaatli on the Ankara-Kayseri Conventional Railway Line, 352 kilometers of uninterrupted electric conventional line integrity has been ensured, "Thus, trains coming from the west will be able to reach the south over the Boğazköprü triangle." said.
Expressing that they have established the integrity of the 352-kilometer uninterrupted electric conventional line between Ankara and Kayseri with the project, Karaismailoğlu said, “With the accepted electrified line, the total electric line length has reached 5 thousand 931 kilometers. In addition, a total of 847 kilometers of line sections, which are under construction, will be put into the service of our people in stages. With the project, 95 million liras of fuel and 11 million liras of emissions will be saved in one year. Approximately 35 thousand tons of carbon emissions will also be prevented.” used the phrases.
Expressing that they have increased the signaled lines by 172 percent and the electrified lines by 180 percent in order to increase efficiency and safety in the railway, Karaismailoğlu said, “We have reached 4 percent of the country's population with YHT transportation in 13 provinces in 44 destinations. To date, approximately 69 million passengers have traveled with YHT.” said.
Karaismailoğlu, who gave information about the YHT Projects that are under construction, said, “We have achieved 95 percent physical progress in the infrastructure construction works of the Ankara-Sivas YHT Line. We started loading tests in Balıseyh-Yerköy-Sivas section. Our work continues between Ankara and Baliseyh. When the project is completed, the rail travel time between Ankara and Sivas will decrease from 12 hours to 2 hours. In addition, with our Yerköy-Kayseri High-Speed Train Line, we include 1,5 million citizens of Kayseri on the high-speed train line. We have completed the planning of the double-track, electric and signaled high-speed train line, suitable for 200 km/h, where freight and passenger transportation will be made. Hopefully, we will be in Kayseri on Thursday next week," he said.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they have achieved 47 percent physical progress in the infrastructure works of the Ankara-İzmir YHT Line, and noted that with this project, they will reduce the rail travel time between Ankara and Izmir from 14 hours to 3,5 hours. Minister Karaismailoğlu pointed out that when the project is completed, they aim to transport approximately 525 million passengers and 13,5 million tons of cargo per year at a distance of 90 kilometers.
Expressing that they have achieved 82 percent progress in the infrastructure works of the Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli YHT Line, Karaismailoğlu said that they will soon put the Konya-Karaman into operation within the scope of the Konya-Karaman-Ulukışla YHT Line works.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they will complete the Aksaray-Ulukışla-Mersin Yenice YHT Project with a total length of 192 kilometers through external financing and said, “Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge will once again integrate the two continents with each other by rail transportation. We will continue to invest in railways in order to reduce the logistics cost of the manufacturing sector and increase exports.” he said.
Minister Karaismailoğlu, stating that their freight transport target for 2021 in railways is 36,5 million tons, underlined that they have increased the share of railways in investments to 48 percent, and said, “We aim to increase this to 2023 percent in 63. I would like to especially remind you that our 2021 freight transport target on railways is 36,5 million tons. We spent 1 billion liras of the 136 trillion 635 billion 222 million liras we spent on transportation and communication investments during the period of our governments.” made its assessment.
Karaismailoğlu emphasized that they have determined which steps will be taken in which term in the railway until 2071, and that they have drawn the railway vision of Turkey, and that they will increase the total length of junction line to 600 kilometers in order to provide junction line connections with logistics centers, factories, industry, OIZ and ports.
Explaining that they will ensure that the rail system vehicles and sub-components are produced with at least 80 percent domestic and national facilities, Karaismailoğlu said that they aim to increase the rate of rail freight transportation in land transportation to 10 percent in the first stage.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they will expand the National Signal System and make it a brand, and stated that they will increase the signaled line rate from 65 percent to 90 percent.
Pointing out that they will prepare the “Railway Energy and Climate Change Action Plan” and ensure the implementation of strategies to reduce carbon emissions, Karaismailoğlu said, “Whatever we do for our country, it is our duty to leave a more livable, greener, carbon neutral Turkey for our nation. We continue to work intensively with our iron passenger friends to spread electrified lines across the country.” he said.
Karaismailoğlu stated that as of today, 12 thousand 803 kilometers, ie 5 percent, of all TCDD lines with a total line length of 753 thousand 45 kilometers have been electrified, “With the completion of the electrification projects on the conventional lines, which are under construction and project design, the existing conventional lines within TCDD will continue until the end of 2023. We will electrify 50 percent of the lines.” Expressing that they have implemented plans and investments not only in the east-west but also in the north-south direction for the ports with their junction lines and logistics centers, Karaismailoğlu shared the following information: “38 OIZ, private industrial zone, port and free zone and 34 production facilities. We will complete the 294 kilometer long junction line connecting each other. We will increase the share of railway in logistics to 45 percent. Our dream is to cover the four corners of the country with an uninterrupted railway line.”
Making a speech at the ceremony, TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş said, “One of the most important elements of development, progress and moving towards the future together is to build railways. The Republic of Turkey State Railways, which has gained great momentum with record investments under the leadership of our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since 2003, is constructing new lines to almost every city in Anatolia on the one hand, and modernizing, electrifying and signaling its existing lines on the other hand. We are increasing our electric railway lines and transport capacity in order to reduce the effects of climate change caused by environmental pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions. We aim to zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 together with the member countries within the scope of the European Green Agreement, which was enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement, to which we are a party, and announced in 2050.
General Manager Akbaş continued his speech as follows: “With the completion of the electric line between Nenek-Şefaatli, which we opened, the conventional electric line integrity will be ensured, and our trains coming from the west will pass to the south via Kayseri, and thus the train departing from Edirne will be able to go to Malatya and Adana. If we enlarge the picture a little more, electric train operation will be possible between Edirne-Istanbul-Eskişehir-Ankara-Kayseri-Niğde-Adana-Malatya-Divriği and between İzmir-Balıkesir-Eskişehir-Ankara-Kayseri-Niğde-Adana-Malatya-Divriği. Between Ankara and Kayseri, 372 kilometers of catenary lines, 118 kilometers of energy transmission lines, and 6 transformer centers were built. With our project, which has an investment cost of 576 million Turkish liras with a current amount, the 11-kilometer junction line has been electrified and the refinery connection has been provided. With the project we opened, the rate of our electrified lines, which was 46% in our railways, increased to 47%. One of the important contributions of the project is to save energy and reduce our carbon footprint. Thanks to our project, which contributes to the "green development" goals of our country, 95 million Turkish lira of fuel and 11 million Turkish lira of emissions will be saved annually, and approximately 35 thousand tons of carbon emissions will be prevented, with the electric operation to be carried out between Ankara and Kayseri.”
After his speeches, TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş presented the Kırıkkale photograph taken in 1930 to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu.
Later, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu bid farewell to the train with a disk.