After a long break, work has started on the Bandırma-Bursa-Yenişehir- Osmaneli High Standard Railway Line. Bursa Deputy Mustafa Esgin stated that the first excavation for tunnel constructions in Osmaneli region was struck.
There are new developments on the Bandırma-Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli High Standard Railway Line, the foundation of which was laid 9 years ago but could not be completed until today due to route and project changes.
The part of the project from Bursa to Osmaneli is planned to be completed by the end of 2023. The line, which will then be extended to Bandırma, will be used for freight transport with port connections as well as passengers. The foundation of the Bandırma-Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli High Standard Railway Line was laid in 2012 at the Balat location on the Bursa Mudanya road with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, Minister of Labor and Social Security Faruk Çelik and Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım. However, in the past 9 years, the process could not be completed due to the change of the route due to the earthquake risk, the problems experienced in the expropriation, and the re-construction of the projects.
Lastly, in August last year, the tender for the 201-kilometer Bandırma-Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli High Standard Railway Line Construction and Supply of Electromechanical Systems was made by the Ministry of Transport, General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments. The tender, the offer of 9 billion 449 million liras, Kalyon İnşaat kazanwas. Within the scope of the tender, the 95-kilometer Bursa-Bandırma line, the 56-kilometer Bursa-Yenişehir line and the 50-kilometer Yenişehir-Osmaneli line took place. In order to start the works on the 50-kilometer Yenişehir-Osmaneli line, Kalyon İnşaat started the construction site in an area of approximately 45 thousand square meters around Yenişehir Ebeköy. According to the project, Bursa will be connected to the High Speed Train Line via Yenişehir and Osmaneli, thus providing uninterrupted transportation between Bursa - Bilecik - Ankara - Istanbul. In this way, the distance between Bursa and Ankara will be reduced to 2 hours and 10 minutes. According to the information received from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, 30 million passengers and 59 million tons/year of cargo are expected to be transported annually in the Bursa – Osmaneli leg of the project.
First digging hit in Osmaneli tunnel constructions
Answering the questions of İhlas News Agency reporter at the meeting in Bursa, the Cultural Capital of the Turkish World, and Novisad, Serbia, the European Capital of Culture, AK Party Bursa Deputy Dr. Mustafa Esgin, first digging for tunnel constructions in Osmaneli region. The first digging is very important at the start of the work. A 13-kilometer tunnel will be built on this line. The process accelerated when the foreign loan was approved by our President. This project is the common agenda of the political will. We follow every development together with all our deputies, our Provincial President and the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality. No financing problem. The project will progress very quickly from now on. There is no obstacle in front of the high-speed train," he said.
Stating that they are working on a line that can carry cargo as well as passengers with trains with a speed of 200 km / h within the scope of the project, Mustafa Esgin said that the section between Osmaneli and Geçit will be completed in the first place.
Esgin said, “This is an extremely important investment that will connect Bursa to the railway networks in Turkey. Bursa is a province with an export potential of 15 billion dollars. Today, we are sending this potential to world markets by road. We will reach world markets by rail systems and sea. The line will also be extended to Bandırma port. There will also be a line in Gemlik. Tender done. Credit approval completed. The project, which will be built with a ready loan of 9,5 billion liras, is also the most important investment Bursa has received in a single item in the history of the Republic. We are trying to complete it as soon as possible. After completing the high-speed train station in Geçit, we will extend the rail system for the city to the City Hospital," he said.