Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan held the “10. In his speech at the International Istanbul Transportation Congress and Fair, he said, "We have completed the missing link of a very important chain with the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line."
Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Arslan pointed out that they made railways a state policy again and said, “Until 1950, an average of 134 kilometers of railways were built in the country per year. From 1950 to 2003, railways were abandoned to their fate. A total of 53 kilometers of railways have been built in 945 years. An average of 18 kilometers a year. " he spoke.
Turkey today is the world's 8th, 6th noted that European countries with high-speed train operators become Arslan, "continues to work in 203 thousand kilometers of high-speed train line. We introduced high-speed trains to Ankara, Konya, Eskişehir, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Bursa, Bilecik and Istanbul, which constitute 40 percent of our country's population. He spoke in the form.
Arslan, 11 thousand kilometers of the railway network has been renewing approximately 10 thousand kilometers, today, while the new construction work on the 4 thousand kilometers continued, he added.
While making railways; Harbor, organized industrial zones, large factories and large cargo centers pointed out that they attach importance to the Arslan, 5 in different places to continue to work in the construction of a different logistics center, he said.
Referring to the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, Arslan said, “It is a project that concerns all countries on that route from London to Beijing and is a complement to the middle corridor. It is a pride for us and our country. Hopefully, good luck to our country and humanity. Because we have completed the missing link of a very important chain. " found the assessment.