Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that test drives on the Konya-Karaman High Speed Train (YHT) line will be started on 8 February.
Minister Karaismailoğlu, who held a meeting with TCDD officials regarding the work on the Konya-Karaman YHT line within the scope of the Konya-Karaman-Ulukışla YHT Project, stated that the signaling system installations were completed on the Konya-Karaman YHT line and that test drives will begin on February 8.
"Travel time from 1 hour 15 minutes will be reduced to 35 minutes"
Minister Karaismailoğlu, stating that they continue to implement important projects that add value to the country one by one and that they have knitted the country with iron nets with the innovative railway reform, heralded that the Konya-Karaman YHT line is coming to an end.
Emphasizing the importance of the Konya-Karaman-Ulukışla YHT Project, Minister Karaismailoğlu reminded that by making four lines between Mersin and Adana, additional capacity will be created for high-speed trains and suburban trains, and the connection between Mersin Port and Yenice Logistics Center will be strengthened.
Karasiamiloğlu said, “Within the scope of the project, it is planned to construct a high speed train line between Konya, Karaman and Adana at a speed of 200 km / h, and to transfer the cargo coming from Konya and Ulukışla to Mersin and İskenderun ports faster. The line capacity, which is 34 double trains per day, will increase 3 times. Travel time from 1 hour and 15 minutes will be reduced to 35 minutes. The connection between Mersin Port and Yenice Logistics Center will be strengthened, ”he said.
"Test drives start on February 8"
Turkey's Minister reminded that Karaismailoğlu in a major breakthrough in rail, Konya-Karaman YHT-Ulukışla Project, Karaman, Nigde, was also transferred to Mersin and Adana will connect to high-speed rail network.
Karaismailoğlu said, “The length of our Konya-Karaman high speed railway line is 102 kilometers. Its infrastructure and superstructure are finished. Signaling system installations in Konya-Karaman YHT line have been completed. Test drives will begin on 8 February. Test drives will take 3 weeks. Hopefully, our goal is to start operating by the end of May. Again, our work continues rapidly in our Karaman-Ulukışla line.
"Surrounding provinces will also benefit from Ankara-Sivas YHT service"
Reminding that the first performance test of the Ankara-Sivas High Speed Train Project was successfully completed, Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that the distance between Ankara and Sivas will be reduced to 2 hours; he said the following.
“High Speed Train and road or conventional trains serve together. Neighboring provinces will also benefit from YHT service. "
When the project is completed, uninterrupted transportation will be provided to Karaman-Konya-Eskişehir-Bilecik-Istanbul, Karaman-Konya-Ankara and Sivas when it is opened.