Metin Akbaş: 'Turkey Sails to New Destinations in Railways'

Metin Akbas Turkish Railways Sailing to New Destinations Act
Metin Akbaş 'Turkey Sails to New Destinations in Railways'

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said that the Iron Silk Road, which stretches from London to Beijing, is the European link. Halkalı-Çerkezköy- Participated in the first rail welding ceremony of the Kapikule Railway Line. Minister Karaismailoğlu and European Commission General Directorate of European Enlargement and Neighborhood Director for Turkey Henrike Trautmann carried out the welding process.

Halkalı-Çerkezköy It forms the 153-kilometer section of the Kapıkule Line. Çerkezköy-The first rail welding to the Kapikule stage was made with a ceremony. The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, speaking at the ceremony attended by Metin Akbaş, General Manager of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), and Henrike Trautmann, Director of the European Commission General Directorate of European Enlargement and Neighborhood Turkey, said that when it is completed, it will be possible to increase the capacity in freight and passenger transportation between the European Union and Turkey. He said he was pleased to come together for the first rail welding ceremony of the project that will Pointing out that Turkey's strategic value is increasing wherever the world goes, as the developments in the region show, Karaismailoğlu said: “As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we act with this awareness, we carry out our projects with the mind of the state in order not only to meet the needs of our country but also to meet the global needs. We plan and implement. We plan our work in the light of this fact. Turkey is at a crossroads that brings together the world's raw material resources and economic centers. This means that transit transportation between Asia and Europe is carried out through our country's transportation networks with sustainable, uninterrupted and increasing capacity. The railway line, where we will realize the first rail welding today, will support uninterrupted trade between Asia and Europe, and will further strengthen our relations with the European Union.”


Karaismailoglu; He emphasized that with the completion of the project, a very important part of the Iron Silk Road, which has increased its strategic importance due to the latest developments in the world and provides safe and uninterrupted railway transportation from Beijing to London, will reach a high standard. Expressing that the importance of Turkey's role in international trade, located in the middle corridor of the Silk Road, is undeniable, Karaismailoğlu said: Our country, which is on the way to become a global logistics superpower; in the middle corridor, beyond being an alternative between Asia and Europe, it is valuable and kazanIt assumes important responsibilities by transforming into a solid logistics and production base. This is a concrete indication that we approach the Iron Silk Road as a strategic issue, which made the first international freight transport expedition on 28 May 2020 using the Marmaray and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Lines, which we successfully completed and put into service.”


Karaismailoğlu reminded that the Ankara-Istanbul Line Köseköy-Gebze Section, Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak Railway Line, Samsun-Kalın Railway Line projects were successfully implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the European Union. In the aforementioned project, which is in the second period, Halkalı- 153 kilometers of Kapikule Railway Line ÇerkezköyPointing out that the construction of the Kapikule section was co-financed with the EU, Karaismailoğlu said, “The project in question is the largest infrastructure project of the European Union, which is under construction within the scope of Turkey-European Union financial cooperation.” said.

Minister Karaismailoğlu, who made up the other part, Halkalı-Çerkezköy He noted that the entire part of the country was covered by the national budget, as in the construction of thousands of kilometers of railways all over Turkey. When the project is completed, HalkalıEmphasizing that it will be possible to carry passengers and cargo on a 229-kilometer route between Kapikule, with double lines, at a speed of 200 km/h, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “When the project that will connect Bulgaria, Edirne, Kırklareli, Tekirdağ and Istanbul to the high-speed train network is put into service, Halkalı- Travel time between Kapikule by train will decrease from 4 hours to 1 hour and 30 minutes, and freight transport time will be reduced from 6,5 hours to 3 hours and 30 minutes. he said.

Minister Karaismailoğlu said that they shaped investments by adhering to a planned, realistic and determined vision with the mind of the state. Reminding that the 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, which has an investment forecast of 189,3 billion euros until 2053, was shared with the public and the whole world on April 5, Karaismailoğlu stated that the said plan is the most up-to-date example of these approaches. Emphasizing that mobility, logistics and digitalization were determined as the main focus areas in the 2053 vision, taking into account the developing trends in the world, Karaismailoğlu continued as follows: “Our holistic development-oriented vision that strengthens the bond of our country with the world; It has many common denominators with the basic approaches of the European Union, such as the European Green Deal, the Paris Climate Agreement and the European Climate Law. In this direction, we aimed to increase the share of railway in our investments to 2023 percent in 60, and to increase its share in freight transportation from 2053 percent to 5 percent in 22. Thus, we will make a great contribution to the goal of becoming a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 in the fight against climate change within the framework of the European Union's Green Deal. Like all our investments, this work is managed with an environmentally friendly approach in every process from the design phase to commissioning.”


Minister Karaismailoğlu said that they protect and develop the environment, which means a clean and livable future for future generations, while continuing to build a safe and comfortable transportation infrastructure. Expressing that the activities continue day and night for the completion of the Ankara-Sivas High Speed ​​​​Railway Line, one of the lines that are under construction and nearing the end, Karaismailoğlu said: Halkalı-Ispartakule-Çerkezköy With the line, we continue to work on Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli, Mersin-Adana-Gaziantep, Ankara-İzmir, Karaman-Niğde Ulukışla, Aksaray-Ulukışla-Mersin-Yenice and Ankara-Kayseri High Speed ​​​​Train Lines.” he said.

Karaismailoğlu will also combine two international airports, Gebze-Sabiha Gökçen Airport-Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge-Istanbul Airport- HalkalıHe also explained that the tender preparations for the Çatalca High Speed ​​​​Train Line are continuing. Minister Karaismaioğlu underlined that they have made great efforts 5 hours a day, 147 days a week to put the railway line of 7 thousand 24 kilometers in total into service, and said, “Our goal, which we proudly set forth in our 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, is to reach a total length of 2053 thousand 28 kilometers by 500. ” said.

Karaismailoğlu said that the 2029-kilometer line between Kapıkule-Ankara-Mersin until 1179 and the 2035-kilometer line between Ankara-Zengazur (Azerbaijan) until 1097 are planned for RO-LA transportation so that railways can be used more effectively in freight transportation. Minister Karaismailoğlu, HalkalıHe thanked the managers of the European Commission, the officials of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, the employees of the Ministry and those who contributed to the Kapikule High Speed ​​​​Train Project.


Metin Akbaş, General Manager of TCDD, said that Turkey, which connects Asian and European continents with steel rails under the sea and brings civilizations together with Marmaray, is the 6th country in Europe and 8th in the world in High Speed ​​​​Train operation, and that it is now sailing to new targets in railways.

“We continue our work uninterruptedly at our construction sites established in every corner of Anatolia, we strive to achieve the determined targets and to reach a much better position in the international transportation system.” Akbaş reminded that the European Union, of which we are a candidate country, also supports the construction of high-speed and high-speed railway lines in our country and the modernization of existing lines. Akbaş said, “I would like to thank the European Union officials for their support, which contributes to the railways, which is one of the most important elements of the development and interaction of civilizations. It will complete another important chain in the railways of our country, which is a bridge between Asia and Europe in terms of transportation, where we came together for the first rail source today. Halkalı-Çerkezköy-I wish the Kapikule Railway Line to be good in advance.” said.

After the ceremony, in which Henrike Trautmann, Director responsible for Turkey of the European Commission, General Directorate of European Enlargement and Neighborhood, gave a speech, the welding process started. Minister Karaismailoğlu and European Commission General Directorate of European Enlargement and Neighborhood Director for Turkey Henrike Trautmann carried out the welding process.

Halkalı-Çerkezköy- To the Kapikule Railway Line first welding ceremony; Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, EU Commission General Directorate of European Enlargement and Neighborhood Director for Turkey Henrike Trautmann, Edirne Governor Hüseyin Kürşat Kırbıyık, Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Enver İskurt, TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş, Infrastructure Investments General Manager Yalçın Eyigün, Burak Aykan, General Manager of European Union and Foreign Relations of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Hasan Pezük, General Manager of TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ, representatives of contractor companies and guests attended.

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