The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismailoğlu, will transfer a significant amount of Istanbul's export load from the highway to the railroad, thanks to the opening of Marmaray to domestic freight trains and the start of the truck body transportation by making arrangements at Tekirdağ and Ömerli stations. With the transportation of containers and trucks by rail, the transportation costs of our exporters will decrease and their competitiveness will increase.
Karaismailoğlu, Establishing an international and interregional integrated transportation network; It will be possible by improving and integrating road, rail, maritime and airline infrastructures. In this context, we have produced very important works by investing 18 billion TL in the transportation and communication infrastructure of our country in the last 910 years.
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, made a series of examinations in Tekirdağ. Minister Karaismailoğlu, in his speech while he was seeing the container train from Tekirdağ Station within the scope of his program, stated that combined transportation has been among the priority issues of transportation policies recently.
"We Have Invested 18 Billion Liras in Railways in the Last 169,2 Years"
This understanding both within and balanced in compliance with the EU acquis and Turkey, convenient and sustainable transport Karaismailoğlu stating that great efforts had been made to the creation of infrastructure, "There is no doubt that the international and the establishment of a transport network integrated interregional road, rail, improving maritime and aviation infrastructure and It will be possible by ensuring their integration with each other. In this context, we have produced very important works by investing 18 billion TL in the transportation and communication infrastructure of our country in the last 910 years. We made investments of Turkey without distinction all over. " he spoke.
Karaismailoğlu, they work for holistic development goals, each point of connecting with each other and with the world development in Turkey said they make equally between common and regions.
Turkey's focus on Europe-Asia-Africa trade and economic growth triangle area thanks to its position in the heart of historic underlines that faced with the opportunity Karaismailoğlu, he continued:
“We continue our efforts with strategic integrity in order to be ready for the advantages of this historical bend and the new Silk Road. We have started a new breakthrough in railways, which have been neglected for more than half a century, as in all transportation modes of our country, which acts as a bridge between Asia and Europe. We have invested 18 billion lira in railways in the last 169,2 years. We built 1213 kilometers YHT line and introduced YHT management to our country. We increased our conventional lines by 6 percent to 11 kilometers. Thus, we increased our railway network by 590 percent to 17 thousand 12 kilometers. We built the Marmaray and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway lines and turned our country into a center of attraction. With these two giant projects, we have created the possibility of using the Middle Corridor effectively in the rail freight traffic between China and Europe. "
"We Will Increase The Load Carrying Capacity of Railways Even More With Block Train Applications"
Karaismailoğlu said that the first block transit container train between China and Europe, departing from Xi'an, China to Prague, Czechia, via the Middle Corridor, reached Ankara on November 6, 2019.
Emphasizing that the train was the first freight train from China to Europe via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Iron Silk Road and reached Europe using Marmaray, Karaismailoğlu said:
"Trains, China trails the 12-day Turkey, he has completed 11 thousand 483 kilometers while the total course of 18 days. In later years, as specified in the northern lines Sino-Russia (Siberia), we aim to scroll through the passage of trains in Europe to 5 percent of the actual annual 30 thousand block to Turkey. We will increase the load carrying capacity of railways even more with block train applications. road border crossing between Bulgaria and Turkey at this point in order to prevent the accumulation Agility which they live in the border crossing of road vehicles in Turkey since 2018 Çerkezköy We started the transportation of truck bodies between Bulgaria and Çatalca by rail. In order to increase the share of the railway in increasing export demands and to increase the exit points, we have completed the necessary arrangements with the investments made in Tekirdağ and Ömerli stations and opened it to railway and truck box transportation. In the first place, we started regular train services between Ömerli (Istanbul) and Tekirdağ on October 8, 2020. "
Karaismailoğlu Omerli and Tekirdag From November 13 using established loading and unloading ramps at stations between Bulgaria and Turkey voiced start to move en safe.
Karaismailoğlu, who stated that the amount of cargo between Tekirdağ and Ömerli stations was 40 thousand tons, and the amount of cargo coming and going to Tekirdağ was 137,2 thousand tons, and used the following statements:
“From these stations, approximately 40 thousand TEU and 25 thousand truck boxes will be transported to Europe in the first place. In addition, it is aimed to transport approximately 100 thousand TEU containers, which come to and from the Asiaport Port, between Tekirdağ and Ömerli (Istanbul) by rail. Thanks to the opening of Marmaray to domestic freight trains and the start of truck body transportation by making arrangements at Tekirdağ and Ömerli stations, a significant amount of export cargo of Istanbul will be transferred from the highway to the railway. With the transportation of containers and trucks by rail, our exporters' transportation costs will decrease and their competitiveness will increase. "
"Turkey is passing through as a result of transit cargo transportation by rail is expected to 5m euros in annual foreign currency earnings. In the long term, it is planned to carry 2 million tons of railway transportation from Tekirdağ Train Station annually, thus, it is aimed to make great contributions to the protection of the country's economy and the environment.
"Turkey is this geography is the most important and valuable to the owner Logistics Base Being Potential"
Karaismailoğlu stated that the first domestic freight train from Gaziantep, carrying 200 tons of plastic raw materials in containers, passed through Marmaray on May 8 and reached its destination Çorlu on May 9.
Karaismailoğlu, who pointed out that the cargoes, which were previously transported by the Derince-Tekirdağ ferry, started to pass from Anatolia to Europe without interruption.
“In order to develop container transportation, which has the greatest potential in combined transportation, we are also continuing to work on establishing inland container terminals, in other words logistics centers, with effective connections to all modes. We will further strengthen the infrastructure of combined transport in our country. Turkey, thanks to its strategic location at the hub location, which is today the east and west, situated in the heart of the movement of goods to Central Asia and Caucasus country. Thanks to this location, Turkey has the potential to be the most important and valuable logistics base of this region.
We are making investments to realize this potential in our country with the cooperation of public and private sectors. We are implementing new legal regulations within the framework of EU norms. the goal of all our investment in transport and communications, more powerful, is to achieve a richer Turkey. We will continue our projects that will be effective in terms of living in a developed country, improving the quality of life and increasing job opportunities for our people and young people. "