The 2019-2020 period accounts of the General Directorate of State Railways of the Republic of Turkey (TCDD) have been released in the GNAT Public Economic Enterprises (KİT) Commission.
TCDD General Manager Metin Akbaş, in his presentation at the Commission, said that in 20 years, a total of 331 billion liras were invested in the railway sector in order to develop the high-speed and high-speed railway network, and the domestic and national railway industry in Turkey, and approximately 210 billion liras of this was realized by the enterprises.
Stating that they carry out their business activities with 13 thousand 158 personnel, including workers and civil servants, and a total of 22 thousand 789 personnel work with their subsidiary, Akbaş said, “We are operating on our 1213 thousand 219 kilometers railway line, 11 kilometers of which is high-speed, 590 kilometers of which is fast and 13 kilometers of which are conventional. activities continue. Our total signaled line length has reached 22 thousand 7 kilometers, and our electrified line length has reached 94 thousand 6 kilometers. With high-speed trains, approximately 24 million passengers have been able to travel by reaching 13 percent of the population of 46 provinces and countries. he said.
Informing that they have completed the test and certification works in the 315-kilometer Balıseyh-Yerköy-Akdağmadeni-Sivas section of the Ankara-Sivas High Speed Train Project, Akbaş said that the works between Kayaş-Balıseyh, which is 78 kilometers, are continuing intensively.
Akbaş stated that they have completed the work on the 14-kilometer Doğançay Ripaj 1, which continues on the Ankara-Istanbul High Speed Train line, and that the work on the 12-kilometer Doğançay Ripaj 2 and T26 tunnels continues.
Pointing out that with the Konya-Karaman High Speed Train Line project, the annual passenger carrying capacity will reach 366 million from 1 thousand, Akbaş continued as follows:
“From the day it was opened to the end of May, 305 thousand passengers traveled between Ankara and Karaman, and 194 thousand passengers between Istanbul and Karaman. The tender for the 196-kilometer Aksaray-Ulukışla-Yenice section, which will transport the high-speed train line to Mersin and Adana, was made by AYGM and the contract was signed. Our infrastructure construction works in the Ankara-İzmir High Speed Train Project continue in sections. The remaining infrastructure, superstructure and electromechanical works were tendered by AYGM and the contract was signed. 56% physical progress was achieved in the infrastructure construction works in the 84-kilometer Bursa-Yenişehir section of the Bandırma-Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli high-speed train line. ÇerkezköyIn the Kapikule section, the construction work continues. The entire 275 million Euro European Union Grant Fund was used to finance the project.”
Akbaş said that together with these projects that are on the public agenda, they are still working on a new railway line of 4 kilometers, of which 407 kilometers are high-speed and high-speed trains, and 314 kilometers are conventional lines.
Emphasizing that they have completed the project work on the 3 thousand 773 kilometer railway line, Akbaş stated that they continue their studies and project studies on the 5 thousand 512 kilometer line.
Akbaş explained that while they were constructing new high-speed and high-speed train lines, they continued their renovation and complete maintenance in a way that the main lines within the 11 thousand 590 kilometers of conventional railway lines, whose renewal and complete maintenance were completed, will remain within the age group of 20-25.
Noting that the number of crossings decreased from 4 thousand 520 to 2 thousand 656 with the improvements made in railway level crossings, Akbaş noted that the number of controlled level crossings was increased by 115 percent from 558 to 1202.
Noting that they have increased efficiency with their electrification and signaling projects, Akbaş also explained that they have reduced carbon dioxide emissions and switched to a more environmentally friendly business.
Akbaş said that the construction works of the National Signaling System, which they developed in cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM and which is certified at the SIL4 level, which is the highest safety level that can be achieved in railways, continue on a total of 1180 kilometers of line segment.
Akbaş stated that they have determined goals, targets and actions within the scope of 3 themes: "green transportation on the railway", "zero carbon future" and "reliable energy supply", which they have determined within the scope of "Energy Management and Climate Change Action Plan".
Emphasizing that they aim to reduce energy and logistics costs in transportation by establishing renewable energy facilities such as solar and wind power plants, for which they conduct feasibility and survey studies, Akbaş said:
“In addition to energy and railway investments, we built an ecological bridge with a transition area of approximately 2 meters for the protection of wild animals on the Ankara-Eskişehir High Speed Train line. The bridge, which is the first in the world on the YHT line, will also make a significant contribution to the population of wild animals living in the region. Moreover, Halkalı-The construction works of 3 ecological bridges continue on the Kapikule high-speed train line.”
Pointing out that there are still urban passenger transportation in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara (BAŞKENTRAY), Akbaş informed that as of the end of May, approximately 706 million passengers were carried in MARMARAY, 821 million in İZBAN and 48 million in BAŞKENTRAY.
Stating that rail freight transportation is expected to reach 2022 million tons in 6 with an increase of approximately 40,35 percent, Akbaş stated that the share of the private sector in rail freight transportation reached 13 percent last year with liberalization.
Akbaş noted that when 23 logistics centers are completed, a 73,2 million square meter container stock and handling area will be provided to the industry with 4,1 million tons and 19 million TEU additional transportation opportunities.
Pointing out that 3 junction lines have been completed as of last year, Akbaş said, “As always, we attach great importance to training activities in order to improve safety and security and to raise awareness at the highest level, in addition to a profitable and efficient operation. In the Alarm Monitoring Center located at Eryaman YHT Station, we monitor the data we receive from the smart systems on the YHT lines. In addition, we continue the construction work for the Data Evaluation Center at the Eryaman Station location.” said.
Making evaluations after questions and suggestions, Akbaş reminded them that in the 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, some targets were defined specifically for the railway sector.
Metin Akbaş, General Manager of TCDD, continued as follows:
“We will increase our 13 thousand 22 kilometers railway network to 2053 thousand 28 kilometers by 590. We will build another 15 thousand 500 kilometers of railway. We are already maintaining 4 kilometers of this under construction. We will complete this construction in 721 years. Most of this will be our high-speed and high-speed train line. We are working to increase our share in passengers from 5 percent to 2 percent, and our share in freight from 6 percent to 5 percent."
Pointing out that they have implemented their projects related to the disabled, Akbaş said that they spent 2022 million liras before 11 to make the conventional lines suitable for the disabled, and that they had a budget of 2022 million liras in the 10 budget.
Expressing that he is a third generation railway employee, Akbaş added that they will announce the results of the promotion exams within 1-2 weeks.
After the opinions and suggestions were presented, the accounts of the General Directorate of TCDD Enterprise were released.