Konya-Karaman High Speed Train line was opened with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said, “The travel time between Konya and Karaman has decreased to 40 minutes. The travel time between Ankara-Konya-Karaman has also been reduced to 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu made a statement about the opening of the Konya-Karaman High Speed Train line, emphasizing that they added strength to the railway network.
Expressing that the Konya-Karaman High Speed Train Line is also among the prestigious projects, Karaismailoğlu said, “We have increased speed and capacity by making infrastructure and superstructure improvements on our line. We will carry out both freight and passenger transportation on our line. We have built 102 bridges and culverts, 74 under-overpasses and 39 pedestrian under- and overpasses within the scope of our 17-kilometer-long line. We increased the line capacity, which is currently 26 double trains, to 60 double trains after the project. Travel time between Konya and Karaman decreased from 1 hour 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Travel time between Ankara-Konya-Karaman has also decreased from 3 hours 10 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes.
ANNUAL 63 MILLION TL SAVINGS
Pointing out that 10 million TL will be saved annually, 39,6 million TL from time, 3,9 million TL from energy, 4,5 million TL from accident prevention, 5 million TL from emission savings, 63 million TL from maintenance savings, Karaismailoğlu also said that 25 thousand 340 tons will be saved. He also stated that less carbon emissions will occur.
WORK CONTINUES IN KARAMAN-ULUKIŞLA SECTION
Pointing out that the work continues in the Karaman-Ulukışla section, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu continued his statement as follows:
"In project scope; With the construction of the new 135 kilometers long railway line, we planned the construction of 2 tunnels, 12 bridges, 44 under-overpasses and 141 culverts. So far, we have achieved 89 percent physical progress in infrastructure and superstructure construction works. We continue the design studies for signaling. We are continuing the preparations for the tender for the electrification works. With the completion of this section, the travel time between Karaman and Ulukışla, which was 3 hours 40 minutes, will decrease to 1 hour 35 minutes.