Railway investments do not slow down: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan said that they invested 2014 billion lira for the railway infrastructure in 5,4, and this year this figure will reach 9 billion lira. Minister Elvan, in his speech at the opening of the 5th International Railway, Light Rail Systems, Infrastructure and Logistics Fair (Eurasia Rail), stated that they attach great importance to Istanbul as a ministry, and that they have completed some of the important mega projects they have initiated within this framework, and some of their works He said he continued.
Explaining that they have completed Marmaray, Elvan stated that the two-storey tunnel works that pass under the Bosphorus for rubber-wheeled vehicles for the Eurasia Tunnel are continuing and that they will complete all excavations related to this tunnel this year. Referring to his works for Elvan, the 3rd bridge and the Northern Marmara highway, he said, “On October 29, 2015, with the permission of God, we will open both the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and the Northern Marmara highway with all our fellow citizens from Istanbul.
On the other hand, our highway project works connecting Istanbul to Izmir continue intensively. The bridge we will build on the bay is in the fourth position in the world in its standards. Hopefully, we will have completed both the Gulf passage and the highway section up to Bursa in terms of the end of 2015, ”he said. Minister Elvan stated the following regarding the "3-Storey Grand Istanbul Tunnel" project they announced last week: “We are breaking new ground in the world again. Just as we are building one of the largest airports in the world in Istanbul, for the first time in the world, we will pass a 3-storey tunnel under the sea and, by Allah's leave, we will bring it to our Istanbul. In this tunnel, one floor will be for metro systems, both arrival and departure.
The other two floors will be used for cars. The route to be used for cars will be 16,1 km. It will pass under the Bosphorus from Asia to Europe and join the TEM highway. Our metro system will exit Söğütlüçeşme on the Anatolian Side, pass under the Bosphorus and stretch up to İncirli. Its total length will be 31 km. We are establishing a backbone metro system in Istanbul. Its daily capacity will be 1,5 million trips. We are planning to realize this important project with the build-operate-transfer model in a short time. Now, Istanbulites will be able to plan a time. This project is environmentally friendly. It is a very important project that does not touch the silhouette of Istanbul and reduces the carbon dioxide emission in the air. "
“We are continuing our railway investments rapidly”
Lütfi Elvan, another important project for Istanbul, from Köseköy to Kocaeli, from there to the 3rd bridge, 3rd airport and HalkalıHe reminded that they had a project design tender for the infrastructure of the high-speed train line reaching up to. Stating that they will realize this project with the resources allocated from their own budgets after the final project works are completed, Elvan said, “The importance of this project is quite high. I said, 'Our citizens will now have the opportunity to reach Istanbul from Ankara in 1 hour and 15 minutes.' We are planning to have the section from Ankara Sincan to Köseköy built using the build-operate-transfer model.
We will give the concession right to the company that will make this investment on that route. As of Köseköy, we have given the concession right to the company, both the 3rd bridge, the 3rd airport and the HalkalıWe will also enable the use of the railway line that extends to. Thus, it will become a very attractive project for our investors ”. Stating that they are continuing their railway investments rapidly throughout the country, Elvan said: “Our work on our Ankara-İzmir, Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line continues. Our 60-kilometer railway line, which connects Bursa to the high-speed train line on the Eskişehir Istanbul route, continues. Our work continues on the line that will connect Central Anatolia to the Mediterranean, Adana and Mersin, from Konya to Karaman, from there to Ulukışla and from there to Adana and Mersin.
In a sense, we will bring our citizens and industrialists in Central Anatolia together with the Mediterranean and the port. Our Konya-Karaman line will probably be completed in a period of 8-10 months. We will continue our work in the section that reaches to the Mediterranean again rapidly. In addition to these, there are a number of important projects that we will begin construction work on in 2015. We will start the construction works for the high-speed railway line, which will connect the Adana and Mersin route to Habur, in a short time. We will start the construction of the Gaziantep-Şanlıurfa line this year. The Istanbul-Edirne line is another line that we are planning to start construction. We want to start the construction of the line that reaches Kapıkule. We will start the construction of Mersin-Adana, Sivas-Erzincan lines. Our work on the Adana-Gaziantep line in the Mediterranean region continues. We will also complete the work of the Bursa-Gemlik railway project this year. We will complete the final projects of Erzincan-Erzurum-Kars, Eskişehir-Kütahya-Afyonkarahisar-Antalya high-speed train lines this year. We have started the projecting studies of Antalya-Konya-Aksaray-Nevşehir-Kayseri route, Kırıkkale-Çorum-Samsun line and Yerköy-Aksaray-Ulukışla high-speed train lines. "
“In the coming days, we will go on a tender for 80 train sets”
Minister Elven, in 2003 the whole of Turkey is 11 thousand kilometers of conventional railway line near recalled, currently 9 thousand kilometers on the old railway line said they thoroughly renewed.
Elvan emphasized that they will renew all the conventional lines at the end of this year and stated that they continue to intensively carry out electrification and signaling projects.
On the production side, Elvan stated that the necessary works were carried out in Eskişehir for high-speed national train, Adapazarı for national electric and diesel train sets, and Sivas for the infrastructure to produce national freight wagons, and a serious infrastructure was created in these areas in these provinces.
Stating that the tender process related to engineering and industrial design continues in the high-speed national train construction process, Elvan said, “Apart from this, we know that our General Directorate of State Railways needs high speed train sets in parallel with the infrastructure investments we have made intensively. In this context, we will put out a tender for 80 train sets in the coming days. Here, 53 percent local content, making domestic production in Turkey and we will seek common possession of the absolute requirement, "he said.
Elvan stated that all the works related to the liberalization of the railways were completed and that they will form the more efficient faster production mechanism by taking the step of the railway liberalization in the coming days.
Elvan said that they completed the 2014 kilometers of railway infrastructure in 369, and that they will complete the 2015 kilometers of railway infrastructure in 332 and offer them to the service of citizens.
Stating that another important project is the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, which will bring the historical Silk Road back to life, Elvan said, “Our work continues here, despite the intense winter. With the will of God, we will open the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku line for the end of this year and we will put it at the service of not only our own citizens but also the whole of Europe, Central Asia and the Far East, ”he said.
Emphasizing that they made a significant increase in their railway investments, Elvan said, “In 2003, we had a railway investment of only 580 million lira per year. Last year, we invested 5,4 billion lira for the railway infrastructure. In 2015, we will invest 9 billion TL in railway infrastructure. As of 2016, this rate will continue to increase ”.
After his opening speech, Minister Elvan visited the stands.