Minister of Transport, Binali Yıldırım made examinations on the Ankara-Konya High Speed Train (YHT) Line, which will be opened with a ceremony on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Yıldırım, who uses the train, said that citizens can purchase tickets for YHT flights from Ankara and Konya on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 07.00:XNUMX.
Yildirim, who made a statement to the journalists at the Ankara Station before his departure by train, said that the official opening of the line will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, and that he will make some examinations even before the opening.
Minister Yıldırım, the length of the 309 even 300 kilometers / hour speed can be done, but this speed can be reached with the introduction of new sets, he said. Initially, the travel time will be an hour and a half 1 Yildirim said, with the introduction of the new sets of this time 1 hour 15 minutes will go down.
Stating that the total cost of the project is 1 billion TL, Yıldırım reminded that the project, which started in 2006, was completed in 4 years and 8 months. Reminding that there are criticisms of the long completion period of the line, Minister Yıldırım emphasized that such lines were completed in at least 5 years in Europe.
Yıldırım also provided technical information about the features of the train and the line. 56 thousand 135 tons of rails are used along the line, 805 thousand sleepers that, Lightning voicing that 253 upper and lower paths crossing, the project is carried out with the commitments of the first local contractor in Turkey, the central structure is fully stated that the Turkish company. Turkey's modern railway infrastructure and voicing scored a major success in the superstructure Lightning, the line was completed before 8-9 months of the start of the certification period, he said he tested the line reliability during this period. Yıldırım said that step-by-step measurements were made step by step, and noted that all the measurements were made by the test train named "Piri Reis", and the results were evaluated and the report was made to open the line for operation.
Stating that the station building in Konya has been overhauled and they will start the construction of a new station building, Yıldırım said that the flights from Ankara and Konya will be held at 07.00, 11.30, 15.30 and 18.30.
Reminding that there will be train services from Konya to Karaman, Yıldırım stated that the trains will have a capacity of 356 passengers, 55 of which are economy and 411 of them are business. Stating that the ticket prices will be 25 TL in the economy and 35 TL in the business, Yıldırım stated that the State Railways will apply the ticket prices as 15 TL for the first 10 days due to the opening of the line. "Our citizens can buy tickets for YHT flights from Ankara and Konya starting from 24:07.00 on Wednesday, XNUMX August," Yıldırım said.
- “WE RECEIVED ALL MEASURES AGAINST ACCIDENTS” -
Transport Minister Yildirim, answered questions from journalists after the comments.
”There was a high-speed train accident in China. Is it possible that such an accident occurs in our lines? ” Yıldırım said that there are more security measures against high-speed trains than normal trains. Stating that especially the studies on signaling have been done, Yıldırım stated that the State Railways made some trials in the Konya line in the light of the information received following the accident in China. A signaling system no weakness lines in striking Minister Yildirim in Turkey, said that they take all the necessary measures against accidents. Yıldırım said that they will try to keep morale high by paying attention to education in order to minimize the human factor in accidents.
Minister Yıldırım, "When will the Sivas line end?" gave the answer to the question that it will be finished at the end of 2015 and that the works continue. Reminding Kars and Erzurum that YHT lines are also included in the 2023 vision, Yıldırım noted that the works on the construction of these lines are also continuing.
Yıldırım added that it is planned to move 3 million passengers annually to Konya.
-TEST DRIVE FROM MINISTRY YILDIRIM-
After his explanations, Binali Yıldırım got on the train and went to the mechanic office. Yıldırım, sitting in the driver's seat and getting information about the train from the authorities, started to use the train by saying "Good luck".
"How does it feel to use the train?" Yıldırım answered, "It is very easy to use". “It's not bad for the first day, isn't it? Can I be the assistant? ” Yıldırım joked that he used the train to Konya. It reached a speed of 250 kilometers while using the lightning train.
Minister Yıldırım, on the trip, when a bird strikes the windshield of the train, “This foreign bird is not from our birds. I hope it will be the first and the last. ”
Yıldırım was accompanied by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport Habip Soluk and TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman throughout the journey.