Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the first official train to be built from the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line
ın katılımıyla 30 Ekimalso announced that it will be launched from Baku.
Arslan, organized by the Ministry, TCDD Tasimacilik AS. OMSAN Logistics Inc. has participated in the signing ceremony of the cooperation protocol on leasing of locomotives and wagons.
Over many years for the liberalization of the railway sector Arslan stated that grueling effort was successful, the AK Party government of the liberalization work came to power, Turkey said he found a legal basis in the Law on Liberalization of Railway Transport. Arslan stated that with the regulation, TCDD General Directorate was defined as the railway infrastructure operator and TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ. Was defined as the railway train operator.
Reminding that TCDD Tasimacilik AS actually started operating as of January 1, Arslan said, “Now we meet with the country's first private sector company in railways. As a result of the application to the General Directorate of Railway Regulation, OMSAN Lojistik AŞ. Became the company with the status of "the first private railway train operator". The company has rented 15 electric locomotives and 350 ore wagons from TCDD Tasimacilik AS to be used in the ore transportation to be built on the Demirdag-Iskenderun track. ” he spoke.
Arslan stated that the railway sector was a wreck before the AK Party governments and added:
“Between 1951-2004, a total of 18 kilometers of railways were built, an average of 945 kilometers per year. As of today, we have become the 213th high speed train operator in Europe and the 6th in the world by building a 8 km high-speed train line. We increased the rail network from 10 thousand 959 kilometers to 12 thousand 532 kilometers. We increased our signal line length from 2 thousand 449 km to 5 thousand 462 km. We have increased our electric line length from 2 thousand 122 kilometers to 4 thousand 350 kilometers. We renewed the railway line over 10 thousand kilometers. ”
Official opening of BTK on October 30
Stating that they have reached a very important stage on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line, whose tests are continuing, Arslan said, “With the participation of our President, we will start our first official train journey from Baku on October 30. The train will arrive continuously from the new line to Kars. Afterwards, wherever they want to take the cargo, they either send it to the Mediterranean or send it to the westernmost end of our country to Europe without interruption. I hope we will have launched the first official campaign with the participation of the President of Azerbaijan and Georgia officials. Thus, we will have opened the line. ” found the assessment.
“We are running forward to the 2023 target”
Arslan stated that they have carried 35,1 million passengers with high-speed trains to date, while 2016 million passengers were carried in 89 with all subsidiaries of TCDD Tasimacilik AS, while 2017 million passengers were reached in the 9-month period of 61,7. Expressing that they are aiming to build 2023 thousand kilometers of railroads, including 3 kilometers of high speeds, 500 kilometers of speeds, and a thousand kilometers of conventional vehicles until 8, Arslan said that the construction works on the line of 500 thousand 13 kilometers are continuing. Arslan, stating that the high-speed and high-speed train line of 3 km, continues to study and project preparation, "We are progressing step by step towards the goal of reaching a total length of 953 thousand kilometers in 5." said.
Private sector calls for liberalization
Arslan said that they welcomed the interest of the private sector companies in the liberalization process of the railways and added:
“We are working to create a railway market, which has been liberalized with fair competition conditions and a healthy functioning structure. At this point, however, we will no longer expect everything from the state. Private railway train operators will also take responsibility for the expansion of the railway sector. Many companies from many sectors are interested in this process. We simplify the process, open the way, but the important thing is that the private sector is also located here, put it under the stone, and we realize the growth of the industry together. The aviation industry was also thought to be putting its hands on the stone, but THY grew extraordinarily and became a world giant. Private sector companies have also become capable of doing business worldwide. Such a future awaits the railway sector. We especially want the private sector to take part in this business by taking responsibility. Because it is much easier for us to realize the stronger railway sector together. ”
After Arslan's speech, OMSAN Lojistik AŞ General Manager Mehmet Hakan Keskin and TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ. The protocol was signed by the General Manager Veysi Kurt.