Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, met with railway workers at a fast-breaking dinner. At the fast-breaking dinner, which took place in a friendly atmosphere, Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that they have already planned the transportation, communication and communication systems of Turkey and that they will increase the number of provinces connected by high-speed trains from 8 to 52.
TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş, TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ. General Manager Hasan Pezük, TÜRK-İŞ President Ergün Atalay, the general managers of the affiliated units of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and many railwaymen attended.
“We raised our country to the level of 6th YHT operator country in Europe and 8th in the world”
Speaking at the program, Minister Karaismailoğlu reminded that they have invested 20 billion liras in railways in the last 320 years, and that they have increased the length of the electrified railway line by 188 percent, and said, “We have increased the signaled line length by 183 percent. Our country, which we introduced with the High Speed Train (YHT) lines, raised our country to the level of the 6th YHT operator country in Europe and the 8th in the world. Our line, which reduces the transportation time between Konya and Karaman to 40 minutes, has carried more than 8 thousand passengers since its opening on January 2022, 220. We will deliver our high-speed train line to Gaziantep. Our Ankara-Sivas High Speed Train Line, the construction of which has been completed to a large extent, is one of our other important projects. There are 250 tunnels and 49 viaducts on our line, which will be suitable for traveling at a speed of 49 kilometers per hour.” said.
Pointing out that the epidemic process once again shows the importance of railways in domestic and international freight and passenger transportation, Karaismailoğlu said, “During the epidemic, we increased the freight transport from 2020 million tons in 36 by 10 percent to 2021 million tons in 38. With the liberalization, the share of the private sector in rail freight transportation increased to 2021 percent in 13. Last year, international transportation by rail was 24 percent more than the previous year. We achieved an 80 percent increase in our Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line freight shipments, a 23 percent increase in our cargo shipments to Europe, and a 7 percent increase in cargo shipments to Iran and beyond. We increased the number of our logistics centers, which are the lifeblood of our transportation, to 13 and their capacity to 14 million tons. Our goal here; to transport 26 million tons of cargo through 73 logistics centers in total. We will see the increase in these figures more strongly with the commissioning of the new YHT lines, which carry out freight transportation as well as passenger transportation.” used the phrases.
“We will carry the railway network to 2053 kilometers by 28.590”
Karaismailoğlu stated that they allocate the largest share to the railways with 30 billion dollars in the transportation and infrastructure investment of 198 billion dollars planned in the next 68 years, and that they will carry the railway network to 2053 kilometers by 28.590. Stating that they will increase the share of railways in passenger transportation from 1 percent to 6,20 percent, above the European average, Karaismailoğlu said: “This means that our number of passengers, which is 19,5 million today, will increase to approximately 2035 million in 145 and to approximately 2053 million in 270. means to reach. Today, the rate of railway in freight transportation is approximately 4 million tons with 38 percent, while this figure is expected to be 2023 million tons in 55. When we come to 2053, this rate will be increased by 7 times and 440 million freight will be transported by rail, and it will be increased to 18 percent, exceeding the European average of 22 percent. Again, we aim to increase the share of railways in international freight transportation by 10 times. High-speed train lines, which is one of the steps taken to increase the share of railways in passenger and freight transportation in our country, will become widespread until 2053. The number of provinces connected by high-speed trains will increase from 8 to 52.”
In his speech, TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş said, “We are opening new lines to increase the living comfort of our people, completing the electrification and signaling of our lines, renewing our stations and stations in order to erase the traces of centuries-old neglect in the railways. We railwaymen, who are the indomitable guides of transportation, continue to move our country forward with the people-oriented projects we have implemented. In line with the targets in the 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, we continue to weave our Turkey with iron nets in order to connect our cities with high-speed train technology and to make the lives of our citizens accessible. We know that our road is long and very arduous. As self-sacrificing railwaymen who witnessed the foundation of our Republic, equipped the homeland with train lines for the reconstruction of our country, we, as their descendants, are working for one inch more rails with the same faith and determination.” he said.
Speaking in the program, TCDD Tasimacilik AS. General Manager Hasan Pezük also said, “Under the roof of the General Directorate of TCDD Transportation, over 50 thousand colleagues, 10 percent of whom are workers, serve shoulder to shoulder with the aim of providing better and better service to our nation and contributing to the development of our country. Considering the targets for 2023 and immediately after, our duty and responsibility will increase while our service area expands with the commissioning of the high-speed and high-speed railway lines built. With this awareness of responsibility, we carry out our work by making the necessary plans together with our colleagues in order to reach the targets set in passenger and freight transportation.” said.
After the fast-breaking dinner, Minister Karaismailoğlu took a collective souvenir photo with the railwaymen.