Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan, 29 December 2017 evaluated the 2017 activities of the Ministry and announced the 2018 targets at a press conference held at Türk Telekom Facilities in Ahlatlıbel, Ankara on Friday.
In his speech following his breakfast, Minister Arslan made important statements on the agenda and the transportation sector. Emphasizing the importance of investments in railways in the last 15 year in our country, Arslan said u We really care about the railways. We invested in the 8 billion 400 million railways. The highest increase in the investment budget for the coming year will be on the railways. 14 will be an investment budget of 1 billion 200 million. Our total rail length is 12.608 km. If the signal line length is 5.534 km and at the same time still work on 2324 km.2003'da 2.449 km was this figure. So there is an increase of 120. Electrical line length of 2120 km 4.660 km'da output. 1.637 km in our electrification work continues. X
Sharing the developments regarding passenger transportation on the railways, especially in 2017, he added, “Our YHT sets increased to 6 sets in total with the purchase of 19 sets. High-speed train services have been increased by 30 percent. With YHTs, the number of passengers we have carried to date has reached 36 million 800 thousand. Hopefully, we will reach the target of 2018 million by adding 7.7 million passengers in 45. ” Arslan said that 238 million passengers have been carried in Marmaray so far and 68 million passengers are planned to be moved next year.
PRIVATE SECTOR STARTED IN RAILWAY FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION
Referring to the freight transportation in the sectors, Minister Arslan said, “The amount of freight transported by railroads has increased to 7-8 million tons this year. This figure is not the number that crosses our hearts, but the main reason for this is the efforts to raise the standard of the existing lines; Many lines are not in operation now as we continue to work on making them both electrified and signaled. Even if the amount of load does not increase as we would like, there is still an increase of 10-12 percent. The private sector has also started to transport freight in railway transportation. It was an important step for the private sector to also benefit from the lines, and for this reason, we gave licenses to 5 train operators within the scope of the liberalization of railways.” made its assessment.
OUR IRON RANGE IS EXPANDING
Minister Arslan made a comprehensive statement about the railway lines that are still under construction by the year. Ilgili We have high-speed train lines in progress. Ankara, Afyonkarahisar, Usak, Manisa, Izmir continues. Ankara, Kırıkkale, Yozgat, Sivas YHT continues our work in the line. Our goal is to finish the 2018 end of the 2019 and the test in the first half of the XNUMX I hope to finish the test. Bursa-Bilecik construction works are continuing. The aim is to connect Bursa to Istanbul and Izmir. We continue our work between Konya-Karaman-Niğde-Ulukışla. In fact, we opened this line to diesel operation, but it will be made next year to be electrified and signaled. In this way, we will bring this line to the high speed train standards. Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Toprakkale construction works continue. Osmaniye-Gaziantep construction work continues at full speed and after Sivas; Between Sivas and Erzincan, we made the tender for the first sector in Sivas, we started to work. Now, the tender process of the Zara-Imranlı section continues. Thus, we will increase our train networks gradually. Böylece
2 NEW FERRY FOR VAN LAKE
Arslan said that the first of the 2 ferries to operate in Van Lake will be put into operation at the beginning of the year and the other in the middle of the year. He gave information about how to produce locomotives.
The Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Ahmet Arslan, at the end of his speech congratulated the staff of the Ministry, the press and the new year of the citizens.