Ankara-Istanbul High-Speed Train (YHT) Line, which will reduce the journey between Ankara and Istanbul to 3 hours, is nearing the end.
In a written statement from the General Directorate of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), the foundation of Köseköy-Gebze section, which is the continuation of Ankara-Eskişehir Line, which was put into service in 2009, will be laid on Tuesday, 27 March.
The physical and geometric conditions of the current line of Köseköy-Gebze, built in 1890, will be made suitable for YHT operation. The statement stated that there will be no level crossing on the line.
56 tunnels, 9 bridges, 10 openings along the total 122 kilometer line, as well as 28 new culverts and 2 subsystems will be constructed.
-Ankara-Istanbul travel time will be 3 hours with YHT-
The statement stated that 146 million 825 thousand 952 euros, which is 85 percent of the financing of the line with a total cost of 124 million 802 thousand 59 euros, will be covered by the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Fund, the following statements were made:
“For the first time, EU IPA funds will be used in this project in our country's railways. The Ankara-Istanbul YHT Project, which has a total length of 523 kilometers and is aimed to be completed in 2013 by integrating with the Marmaray Project, will decrease to 3 hours and Ankara-Gebze to 2 hours and 30 minutes when it is launched. Ankara-Istanbul line will serve 17 million passengers a year. ”
The statement, the groundbreaking ceremony, IPA-funded financing of the Irmak-Karabuk-Zonguldak Railway Line Modernization Project was also reported to be signed.
Source : http://www.zaman.com.tr