President Erdoğan: The construction of our new railway lines with a length of 3 kilometers is still underway. We are opening the Ankara-Sivas section of high-speed train lines soon. Work continues on many other routes as well. In his speech at the 500th Transportation and Communications Council held at Atatürk Airport, Erdoğan wished the Council to be beneficial to the country and the industry and congratulated those who contributed to the organization of the Council.
“Most of the titles that we expressed yesterday as a vision and a goal stand before us as completed projects today.”
Stating that the 2009th Transport Council held in 10 was held with the goal of 2023, and today, on the threshold of 2023, the current situation and future of the transport and communication sectors are discussed again, Erdoğan said, “When we look at where we have come from in terms of these investments, which are the basic infrastructure of development, there is a really great distance. We see what we're going through. Most of the titles that we expressed yesterday as a vision and a goal stand before us as completed projects today.” said.
Erdoğan stated that the global crises, which we have begun to face more frequently, especially in the recent period, such as epidemics and climate change, impose their own realities, and that this situation has led to serious changes and new orientations in the transportation and communication sectors, along with other fields.
“If the collective consciousness is not activated, a period of chaos awaits humanity”
President Erdoğan stated that the developments that are being discussed again today, be it climate changes and new transportation alternatives, behind the changes in human history, brought the world to the brink of new and radical change.
He also noted that if countries and societies analyze this process correctly and fulfill their responsibilities fairly, a good deed will be done for the common future of humanity, otherwise a new painful and costly chaos period awaits humanity.
“We are ready to increase our contribution to humanity in this geography, which strengthens its position as a center again from production to logistics.”
Erdogan continued his speech:
“As a country located in a geography where all major changes have been experienced throughout history, Turkey is faced with the responsibility of leading the new process ahead. Important trade lines such as the Spice Road connecting the Far East to the west and the Silk Road stretching from China to the Mediterranean passed through this geography. Although we were relatively out of the process that started with the industrial revolution, our geography has never lost its geostrategic importance. Today, this geography, which strengthens its position as a center again from production to logistics, is ready to increase our contributions to humanity. We invite all our friends and brothers to be together and act together in this great leap forward.”
“Strong democracy and development infrastructure provided an advantage”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan noted that we have gained a great advantage in reaching our goals in the changing global management and economy system, and that the importance and success of this physical infrastructure and manpower is seen in health services during the epidemic period.
“You know best the difficulties of investing in transportation in this geography”
“Our difference from many, many other countries is that we seek to win together, not just to win ourselves.” Erdogan said that they will continue on their way with this approach, which is the trust of civilization and culture, which will be won by all segments in cooperation with their friends in all geographies from Africa to Asia.
“As Turkey, we are a country that has realized a public investment of 19 trillion liras in the last 1 years in the fields of transportation and communication”
Recalling that Turkey has an area of 780 thousand square kilometers stretching from Europe to the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Erdoğan said, “Although it is difficult to invest in transportation in our country, which has approximately 2 thousand kilometers of straits and a rugged young terrain. we have done successful works in every field, including road, railway, airway and seaway. As Turkey, we are a country that has realized a public investment of 19 trillion liras in the last 1 years in the fields of transportation and communication.” he said.
“Although vehicle mobility increased by 170 percent in Turkey, there was an 80 percent decrease in accidents”
Noting that the length of the divided road on the highway has been increased from 6 kilometers to 101 kilometers, and the highway length has been increased from 28 kilometers to 340 kilometers, Erdoğan said, “We are increasing our highway length to over 1714 kilometers in 3. With the works we have done next to the divided road and highway, we have brought the only road with a higher standard of 532 kilometers to our country.” said.
“We have increased the total length of tunnels on our roads from 50 kilometers to 631 kilometers, and the length of bridges and viaducts from 311 kilometers to 710 kilometers,” Erdogan said, adding that despite the increase in vehicle mobility in Turkey by 170 percent, thanks to the highway investments that contribute significantly to the environment by reducing emissions as well as saving fuel, the number of accidents is 80 percent. stressed the decrease.
“The construction of our new railway lines with a length of 3 thousand 500 kilometers is still underway”
Pointing out that another area they give importance and priority to is railway investments, Erdoğan said:
“Our railway networks from the Ottoman Empire and the first years of the Republic were neglected for a long time. We have completely renewed our 12 thousand 803 kilometers of railway network, which we received with almost no development or additions. We have made significant progress in signaling and electrification works on existing lines. For the first time in our country, we built high-speed train lines and put them into operation. The construction of our new railway lines with a length of 3 thousand 500 kilometers is still underway. We are opening the Ankara-Sivas section of high-speed train lines soon. Work continues on many other routes as well. Thanks to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, we have made it possible to provide uninterrupted train services from Western Europe to the farthest end of Far Asia. This line, in which Marmaray is also integrated, is becoming more and more prominent as a new and important alternative in global trade networks.”
“Next year, we are starting the production of our national electric locomotive”
Stating that they are rapidly developing rail systems in urban transportation as well as international and national railway networks, Erdoğan said, "While urban rail systems operate over 12 kilometers in 811 cities, the construction of a 7 kilometers long rail system in 185 cities continues." gave the information.
Emphasizing that they have taken these beautiful developments one step further with their investments in the railway industry, President Erdoğan said, “We have made an important breakthrough by gathering our companies producing rail system vehicles under one roof. We have developed our national electric train set. Next year, we are starting the production of our national electric locomotive. We have completed the high-speed train design, we are in the prototype production phase. Likewise, we are about to be able to produce in the subway, suburban, tramway.” said.
“We have provided our country with a high-capacity airline infrastructure. We increased the number of domestic airports from 26 to 56”
Pointing out that one of the areas where Turkey has made the biggest breakthroughs is air transport, Erdoğan said, “We have provided our country with a high-capacity airline infrastructure. We increased the number of domestic airports from 26 to 56. With the ongoing construction, the number of airports will reach 61. We increased the number of our international flights from 50 countries and 60 destinations to 127 countries and 329 destinations. Our Istanbul Airport ranks second among the best in the world and first in the list of the busiest airports in Europe.” said.
“Our biggest project in maritime transport is Kanal Istanbul”
Erdoğan stated that they have increased the share of maritime transport in Turkey's foreign trade by 4 times and that they are in an effort to increase the share of maritime transport in trade with the projects.
“The excavation of the canal will begin according to the plan in the program”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continued his speech as follows:
Erdogan stated that the Bosphorus could not carry the increasing freight and passenger traffic, that our coasts were under constant threat, which led to the emergence of the Kanal Istanbul project, that the necessary feasibility for Kanal Istanbul, which was on the agenda about 10 years ago, has been made and it has come to the stage of actual implementation, and that the excavation of the canal will begin according to the plan in the program. .
“An integral part of transportation projects is communication investments”
Stating that great progress has been made in communication investments, which have become an inseparable part with transportation projects, and that we are at the stage of producing and launching our own satellites, Erdoğan said: “Our aim is to become a developer, directing and producing in information technologies, not consuming, following. For this, we are in an effort to increase the nationality and locality rates in future technologies, especially 5G.” he said.
After his speech, President Erdoğan was presented with a painting by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismailoğlu.