Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, who attended the 60th Anniversary Board of Directors Meeting of the Demiryol-İş Union in Afyonkarahisar, said that the railways have become a state policy together with the AK Party government. Minister Yıldırım stated that they have prepared an action plan for the construction of a high-speed train with infrastructure works, as well as renovating and making new lines to strengthen the railway. Railways have been abandoned to their fate. And when we arrived, the railway built per year was less than 1 kilometer. Today, the average amount of new roads per year is 135 kilometers. Ongoing projects are over 3 thousand kilometers. The total of road projects, whose road renewal is completely completed, has exceeded 6 kilometers: In other words, we have renewed more than half of our railways. "The amount of roads planned and renewed this year is 500 kilometers."
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Reminding that the Ankara-Eskişehir section of the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train project was completed and put into service, Minister Binali Yıldırım stated that the Ankara-Konya line was also put into service and the passengers who went to Ankara preferred the high-speed train. Yıldırım said that the number of passengers carried on Ankara-Eskişehir and Ankara-Konya high-speed train services has approached 7 million. “The number of passengers carried on these two lines has exceeded 6,5 million so far. The rate of those traveling by high-speed train between Eskişehir and Ankara is 73 percent. Previously, this rate was 3 percent in normal train services. The rate of traffic coverage between the two cities increased from 3 percent to 73 percent. Here calculate the number of people who died in a traffic accident. "If we have done nothing, even if we have led to the survival of the people here, this is enough for us."
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Explaining that the Istanbul-Ankara high speed line will be opened at the end of next year, Minister Binali Yıldırım has announced that 11 thousand kilometers of new railway lines will be built in 10 years. Yıldırım continued his words as follows: “We have riddled all the Bilecik ramps between Eskişehir and Istanbul. We brought the mountains to the knees. We built 2-2,5 km long viaducts in that area. 100 kilometers of the 56 kilometers section is the tunnel. We built 9 viaducts and 30 tunnels. In these conditions, we do this in this difficult geography. Hopefully, we will open the Ankara-Istanbul high speed train service next year. At the same time, we will open the dream of our ancestry and 151 dreams Marmaray simultaneously. After that, there are lines from Yozgat, Sivas, Afyon and Izmir from Eskişehir-Bursa and Ankara. By 2023, we will build 4 thousand kilometers of new railway lines, 10 thousand of which are high-speed trains. ”
Source: Kocatepe Newspaper