Number of passengers using high-speed trains approached 7 million

Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, who attended the 60th Anniversary Board of Directors Meeting of the Railroad-Labor Union held in Afyonkarahisar, said that along with the AK Party government, railways have become a state policy. Minister Yıldırım noted that they prepared an action plan for the construction of a high-speed train with infrastructure works, as well as renovating the lines and strengthening new lines to strengthen the railways. Today, an average of 1 kilometers of railways are built annually. Ongoing projects are over 135 thousand kilometers. The total of road projects, whose renovation is completely completed, has exceeded 3 thousand 6 kilometers. 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 Yıldırım stated that the Ankara-Konya line was also opened to service and the passengers who went to Ankara preferred the high-speed train. Emphasizing that the number of passengers carried on Ankara-Eskişehir and Ankara-Konya high-speed train services is close to 7 million, Minister Yıldırım said, “The rate of those traveling by high-speed train between Eskişehir-Ankara is 73 percent. In the past, this rate was 3 percent for normal train services. "The ratio of traffic between the two cities by train has increased from 3 percent to 73 percent."
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Explaining that the Istanbul-Ankara high-speed train line will be opened at the end of next year, Minister Yıldırım said, “There are Eskişehir-Bursa and Yozgat, Sivas, Afyon and İzmir lines from Ankara. By 2023, we will build 4 thousand kilometers of new railway lines, 10 thousand of which are high-speed trains. ”

Source: HaberVitrini

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