Çerkezköy First Rail Welding in Kapıkule Railway Line

First Rail Welding Made on Cerkezkoy Kapikule Railway Line
Çerkezköy First Rail Welding in Kapıkule Railway Line

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said that the biggest infrastructure project of the European Union, which is under construction within the scope of financial cooperation between Turkey and the European Union. Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line ÇerkezköyHe stated that they have made the first rail welding in the Kapikule Section and said, “When the project is completed, a very important part of the Iron Silk Road, which provides a safe and uninterrupted rail transport from Beijing to London, will reach a high standard. Halkalı"The travel time between Kapikule by train will decrease from 4 hours to 1 hour and 30 minutes," he said.

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Halkalı-Kapıkule Railway Line Çerkezköy-He made the first rail weld in Kapikule Section. Speaking at the ceremony, Karaismailoğlu said that thanks to Turkey's geostrategic location, it is at the center of 4 countries, where 1 billion 650 million people live, with 38 trillion dollars Gross National Product and 7 trillion 45 billion dollars trade volume, with only a 67-hour flight.

“This importance is getting stronger day by day. kazanKaraismailoğlu said:

“As the developments in our region show, Turkey's strategic value is increasing wherever the world goes. As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we act with this awareness, in order to meet not only the needs of our country but also the global needs; We plan and implement our projects with the mind of the state. Turkey is at a crossroads that brings together the world's raw material resources and economic centers. This means that the transit transportation between Asia and Europe is carried out through our country's transportation networks with a sustainable, uninterrupted and increasing capacity.


The first rail weld of the railway line; Emphasizing that it will support the uninterrupted trade between Asia and Europe and strengthen the relations between the European Union and Turkey, Karaismailoğlu said, “With the completion of the project, its strategic importance has increased due to the latest developments in the world; A very important part of the Iron Silk Road, which provides a safe and uninterrupted rail transport from Beijing to London, will reach a high standard. The importance of Turkey's role in international trade, located in the Middle Corridor of the Silk Road, is undeniable. Being aware of this importance, we always keep the integration of transportation networks in Europe at high standards among our priorities. Our country, which is on the way to become a global logistics superpower, is in the Middle Corridor, beyond being an alternative between Asia and Europe, kazanIt assumes important responsibilities by transforming into a solid logistics and production base. It is a concrete indication that we approach the Iron Silk Road as a strategic issue, which made the first international freight transport expedition on 28 May 2020, using the Marmaray and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway lines, which we successfully completed and put into service.


Karaismailoğlu stated that the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has successfully implemented the Ankara-Istanbul Line Köseköy-Gebze Section, Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak Railway Line, Samsun-Kalın Railway Line Projects with the European Union. Halkalı- Kapikule Railway Line, 153 kilometers ÇerkezköyHe stated that the construction of the Kapikule section was co-financed with the European Union.

Minister of Transport, Karaismailoğlu, said, “It is the biggest infrastructure project of the European Union, which is under construction within the scope of Turkey-European Union financial cooperation. forming the other part Halkalı-Çerkezköy We are building the whole part of it with our national budget, as in the construction of thousands of kilometers of railways all over our country. When our project is completed, Halkalı- It will be possible to carry passengers and cargo on the 229-kilometer route between Kapikule on a double track, at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. When the project that will connect Bulgaria, Edirne, Kırklareli, Tekirdağ and Istanbul to the high-speed train network is put into service, Halkalı"Travel time between Kapikule by train will decrease from 4 hours to 1 hour 30 minutes, and freight transport time will decrease from 6 hours to 3 hours and 30 minutes," he said.


Noting that they shaped the investments by adhering to a planned, realistic and determined vision with the mind of the state, Karaismailoğlu said, “Our 5 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, which we shared with the public and the whole world on April 2053, and which we envisaged to invest approximately 190 billion euros until 2053, It is the most recent example of the approach. In addition, our 2053 Vision is not only an investment program; Considering the developing trends in the world, we have determined mobility, logistics and digitalization as our main focus areas. Our holistic development-oriented vision, which strengthens our country's bond with the world, has many common denominators with the basic approaches of the European Union such as the European Green Agreement, the Paris Climate Agreement and the European Climate Law. In this direction, we aimed to increase the share of the railway in our investments to 2023 percent in 60, and to increase the share of the railway in freight transportation from 2053 percent to 5 percent in 22. Thus, we will make a great contribution to the European Union's goal of becoming a carbon neutral continent by 2050 in the fight against climate change within the framework of the Green Deal. Like all of our investments, this work is also in every process from the design phase to the commissioning; It is managed with an environmentally sensitive approach.


Stating that they are protecting and developing the environment, which means a clean and livable future for future generations, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu said that on the other hand, they continue to build a safe and comfortable transportation infrastructure. Expressing that the activities for the completion of the Ankara-Sivas High Speed ​​​​Railway Line, which is one of the lines that are under construction and approaching the end, continue day and night, Karaismailoğlu continued his speech as follows;

“Today is the continuation of our line where we came together for the first welding ceremony. Halkalı-Ispartakule-Çerkezköy With the line, we continue to work rapidly on Bursa-Yenişehir-Osmaneli, Mersin-Adana-Gaziantep, Ankara-İzmir, Karaman-Niğde Ulukışla, Aksaray-Ulukışla-Mersin-Yenice and Ankara-Kayseri High Speed ​​​​Train Lines. Moreover; Gebze-Sabiha Gökçen Airport-Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge-Istanbul Airport- Halkalı- Our preparations for the tender on the Çatalca High Speed ​​​​Train line are continuing. To put it briefly; We are working with great devotion 5 days and 147 hours to put a total of 7 kilometers of railway lines into the service of our nation. Our target, which we proudly set forth with our 24 Transport and Logistics Master Plan; To reach a total railway line length of 2053 kilometers by 2053. In addition, we have planned for RO-LA transportation of the 28-kilometer line between Kapıkule-Ankara-Mersin until 500 and the 2029-kilometer line between Ankara-Zengazur until 1179 in order to use the railways more effectively in freight transportation.”

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