Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan said, "With the Eurasia Tunnel, which shortens the travel time, Istanbulites gain 52 million hours a year." used the expressions.
In his statement, Arslan said that Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Eurasia Tunnel were put into service for the solution of Istanbul's traffic problem, the burden of the 15 July Martyrs Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge was lightened, and the highway, periphery and connection roads were built and under construction. He emphasized that the traffic will be significantly relieved when it is completed and put into service.
Noting that an average of 15 thousand 185 vehicles pass through the Martyrs Bridge on July 262, 183 thousand 374 from Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, 100 thousand vehicles from Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Arslan, 04 Highway where the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge connection road is located, the traffic density experienced in the Kurtköy part. pointed out that with the opening of the Mecidiye Junction in the same section, it decreased.
Emphasizing that directing all trucks and heavy vehicles to this road with the opening of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Mahmutbey Toll Boxes, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge added that it was planned that the Çatalca connections of the Northern Marmara Motorway, which was launched for the solution, will be put into service at the end of 2018.
Arslan, who completed the superstructure renovation works on the July 15 Martyrs Bridge and the Free Pass System at Çamlıca Toll Booths on 23 July, added that the traffic flowed more rapidly. He underlined that the increasing demand for traffic was met with the North Marmara Motorway, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, July 15 Martyrs Bridge, Eurasia Tunnel and ferryboat services, and the peak hour traffic in the morning and evening hours was shortened.
Noting that those who use the Eurasia Tunnel have completed the intercontinental journey in about 15 minutes, Arslan said, “With the Eurasia Tunnel shortening the travel time, Istanbulites earn 52 million hours a year. In addition, the travel time on Kazlıçeşme-Göztepe line, where the traffic is very busy, has been reduced to 15 minutes. With the significant decrease in traffic in the east of the historical peninsula, a considerable relief was provided in the traffic of vehicles on the July 15 Martyrs Bridge and Galata and Unkapanı bridges. ” used expressions.
Arslan reminded that Marmaray continues to serve Istanbulites with a modern business approach.
Reminding that T20 intercity train line and Gebze-Pendik intercity train stations and electrification and signalization processes were completed on July 3, 25 between Gebze and Pendik, Arslan, Kazlıçeşme-Halkalı and Ayrılık Fountain-Gebze commuter and conventional lines to improve and integration with the high-speed train line continued to work also reported.
“9 different rail systems will be connected to each other by express metro”
Arslan pointed out that it is aimed to increase the share of the rail system from 12 percent to 28 percent in urban transportation of Istanbul when this project is completed.
“On the other hand, due to the increasing population of Istanbul and the number of vehicles per thousand people are below the averages of European countries, the increasing demand for car ownership from our citizens is the main reason for the increase in traffic density despite the investments made. In order to solve the traffic problem in Istanbul, it is working in coordination with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Istanbul Police Department and other institutions. In this context, metro works and other major projects are also implemented in order to reduce the traffic problem of Istanbul. In addition; The 3-Storey Grand Istanbul Tunnel is one of the projects that will be a solution to the ever-increasing population of Istanbul and the increasing passenger and vehicle traffic between the two sides. ”
In this tunnel, Arslan said that the metro tunnel needed by the 15 July Martyrs' Bridge axis and the highway tunnel needed by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge axis would be combined in the middle of the two bridges and announced that 6,5 will be connected to each other by 9 different rail system by the metro.
Arslan, who noted that the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge will make a significant contribution to the relaxation of the vehicle traffic together with the road connections of the Three Storey Tunnel, said, “The Grand Istanbul Tunnel, which will be 6,5 kilometers long and 17 meters in diameter, will be laid at a depth of 110 meters from the sea surface. Within the scope of the project, a subway line with two lanes in both directions and a 16-kilometer-long highway crossing, which provides the Bosphorus crossing, is 31 kilometers long and has 14 stations. The project, which will be built for the first time in the world, has a 3-storey tunnel section and is an effective project aimed at the joint use of both modes of transportation, as well as a prestige project. ” found the assessment.