Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan said that with the new high-speed train (YHT) sets to be commissioned, the number of passengers carried is expected to reach 2020 thousand in the last quarter of 30.
Turhan stated in his statement that TCDD Tasimacilik AS was due to the 4th year of its operation, after the liberation of the company's railway transportation, it was established as a railway train operator.
Explaining that the organization has undertaken the maintenance-repair and revision of high-speed trains, conventional main line and regional trains, Marmaray and Başkentray in urban public transportation, ferry operation, logistics activities and railway vehicles in the railway sector, Turhan said: It continues. " said.
Turhan said that the Ankara-Eskişehir, Ankara-Konya, Ankara-Eskişehir-Istanbul, Konya-Eskişehir-Istanbul high-speed railway lines serve 48 thousand passengers with 44 trips a day in the summer period and 22 trips in the winter period, reaching 98 percent of the customer satisfaction rate. She reported.
Turhan pointed out that the demand for YHT has increased day by day with the fact that the travel time to Bursa, Kütahya, Tavsanli, Afyonkarahisar, Karaman, Antalya and Alanya has decreased significantly with the combined transportation of YHT-bus and YHT-train:
“Two of the 12 new YHT sets to be supplied from Germany were received in December to meet the increasing passenger demand. The other 10 YHT sets are planned to be delivered one month apart from this month. ”
Turhan said that the sets, whose tests have been completed, will be taken into operation as of February 1, “As a result, both the number of flights and passenger capacity of YHTs will increase significantly. With the new sets to be put into operation, the number of daily passengers carried by YHT is currently 22 thousand and is expected to reach 2020 thousand in the last quarter of 30. ” used the expression.
“A record was broken with 500 thousand passengers in Marmaray”
Turhan said that Marmaray, which is operated by TCDD Tasimacilik, provides great convenience to Istanbul residents in urban transportation and allows YHTs and other trains to pass to Europe.
Explaining that 29 thousand people are served daily in Marmaray, the Ayrılık Çeşmesi-Kazlıçeşme section opened to business on October 2013, 182, Turhan said that Gebze-Halkalı He said that the number of passengers carried daily reached 12 thousand with an increase of 136 percent, and a record was broken by carrying more than 430 thousand passengers on 20 November last year.
In addition, YHTs were on the European side for the first time in 2019, passing through Marmaray. HalkalıRecalling that he started to travel until XNUMX, Turhan said:
“The stop stations in Istanbul are Pendik, Bostancı, Söğütlüçeşme, Bakırköy and Halkalı Travel time of YHTs organized as Konya-Söğütlüçeşme 4 hours 50 minutes, Konya- Halkalı 5 hours 40 minutes, Ankara-Söğütlüçeşme 4 hours 30 minutes, Ankara-Halkalı It takes 5 hours and 20 minutes. ”
"Turkey has become a transit corridor"
Minister Turhan, 2019 one of the most important railway agenda over Turkey's first transit trains to Europe from China expressed that the sending off, Marmaray and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars China's railroad "One Belt One Road" project in the connection results in , the Asia Europe with Turkey, an important transport between the Middle East and Africa "transit corridor," he said become.
Pointing out that TCDD Tasimacilik AS strengthens the cooperation with the countries in the region for the more efficient and efficient use of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, Turhan, Turhan, on many issues ranging from the organization's flexible goods tariff to simplified customs procedures, high-capacity wagon type. He said that he took important steps and increased his transportation day by day.
Turhan, said: "The first stage in Kazakhstan (Kokhsheta a) - Turkey (Mersin) between 4 thousand 700 kilometers from the starting transport, Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Russia-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan-China and China-Europe continues with destinations. There are 3 trains per week on the BTK line, 7 thousand tons of freight has been transported with 233 thousand 318 containers since the opening of the BTK line. Compared to 2018, the amount of cargo carried in 2019 has tripled. ”
“We will become a logistics base with the Master Plan of Logistics”
railways with priority investments under Logistics Master Plan, ICTA and Central corridor in transportation between Asia and Europe continents being the main hallway and Turkey Turhan voicing aim to become logistic bases, 2023, in the 2035 and 2053 logistics planning, he said structured according to these objectives .
Turhan stated that since 2003, approximately 137 billion 500 million liras have been invested with priority rail transportation policies, and that the demand for passengers on conventional lines has increased as a result of improving the quality of the existing rail network.
Turhan stated that the Touristic Eastern Express, which was put into service as an alternative to the Eastern Express, which is in great demand on the Ankara-Kars railway line, has made a significant contribution to the tourism of Kars, Erzurum, Erzincan and Sivas. it offers the opportunity and revives tourism. With the launch of the Boğaziçi, Ankara, Göller Express trains in 2019, an important solution was brought to the transportation needs of the intermediate stations, where other trains did not stop. ” found the assessment.
Stating that TCDD Tasimacilik AS provides transportation to Europe and the Middle East by international passenger trains, Turhan noted that the Istanbul-Sofia Express, the Trans Asian Express (Tehran-Ankara) and the Tehran-Van Train are offered as much as economical travel.
Turhan pointed out that those who will travel in Sofia-Istanbul Train will go to Romania-Bucharest on 5 June-7 October, and noted that efforts are underway for passenger transportation on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line.
“Free transportation was provided to 1 million 200 thousand disabled people”
Stating that they prefer the train because disabled citizens provide comfortable and comfortable travel, Turhan said, “In line with the principle that our disabled citizens, who are involved in social policy practices, travel for free, YCD, free transportation on main line and conventional trains for 1 million 200 thousand disabled passengers last year. It helped. " he spoke.
Turhan, conducted under the auspices of the Ministry with unhindered access targets "in Turkey Accessibility Project for Passenger Transport Service" in the context of December 2, 2019 railway transportation "Orange Table" service points, that yht of stopped the 13 station and the station began to serve, he added. (UAB)