Railway Share in Investments to Increase to 2 Percent in the Next 65 Years

In the Next Year, the Share of Railways in Investments Will Increase to Percent
Railway Share in Investments to Increase to 2 Percent in the Next 65 Years

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu met with media representatives in Ankara and answered questions on the agenda. Stating that 20 billion dollars have been invested in the transportation sector in the last 183 years and that they are happy to see the developments in the lives of the citizens in return for the investments, Karaismailoğlu underlined that the investments continue.

Karaismailoğlu stated that 7 billion hours of time savings and direct savings from 1 billion liters of fuel per year are achieved with investments, and that besides direct savings, they also contribute to the region in the fields of employment, production, tourism and agriculture. Karaismailoğlu stated that the investment of 183 billion dollars had an effect of over 1 trillion dollars on production.

The Share of Railways in Investments Will Increase to 2 Percent in the Next 65 Years

Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that they started a railway-based investment period and said, “In the next 2 years, the share of railways in investments will increase to 65 percent, and the roadway will continue at 30 percent. Today, we have a 13 thousand 50 kilometer railway network, 1400 kilometers of which is high-speed trains, but our 2053 goal is to have 28 thousand kilometers of railway lines.” Said.

Karaismailoğlu stated that there are 4 thousand 500 kilometers of railway line under construction in Turkey at the moment. Halkalı-Ispartakule-ÇerkezköyHe stated that the Edirne-Kapıkule railway line is 220 kilometers long and that they aim to put it into service by the end of 2024.

Karaismailoğlu stated that they have also completed the tenders for the Ankara-İzmir high-speed train line, and that the works are continuing rapidly, and that they will put the 2025-kilometer-long Ankara-İzmir high-speed train line into operation by the end of 500.

Karaismailoğlu stated that the productions on the Ankara-Sivas line have reached the final stage, that there are problems between Ankara and Kırıkkale, but that the productions are on the way, and that they will put the Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line into service at the beginning of 2023.

Karaismailoğlu stated that the works on the Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Gaziantep line with a length of 220 kilometers will also be operational by the end of 2024, and drew attention to the fact that the investments made are very valuable not only for passenger transportation, but also for reducing costs in terms of logistics.

Travel Time Will Decrease To 3,5 Hours On The Istanbul Line

Pointing out that the production in Bilecik section continues in order to shorten the transportation time on the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train line, Karaismailoğlu said, “It takes 4 hours because the speeds there decrease. When our tunnel constructions in Bilecik are completed by 2024, the travel time will be reduced to 3,5 hours on the Istanbul line. In addition, our very high-speed train work, which allows 350 kilometers between Ankara and Istanbul, continues on the one hand. Our tender processes continue for the Gebze-Çatalca high-speed train line that will pass through the Yavuz Sultan Bridge.” made its assessment.

Karaismailoğlu emphasized that the test processes in the national electric train set continue on the rails and said that they will start mass production after completing the certification process as of this year.

I used Marmaray because it was convenient for my route

Karaismailoğlu, on a question about traveling in Marmaray, said: “I started to work as a newly graduated engineer in the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Directorate in 1995. I use all of the public transportation lines that are suitable for the route, as I know very well which trip is more convenient and shorter, as I am in all stages of the planning, construction and operation of the entire transportation network in Istanbul. I used Marmaray in those days as it was convenient for my route. In particular, I try to make my trips to Bilecik, Bursa and Ankara in this way by taking the Marmaray to Söğütlüçeşme and then the high-speed train. I will of course use it from now on. We come from within our citizens, we are also Anatolian children. We were in our village during the holiday, we will go there again. We are the citizens, the nation itself.”

Karaismailoğlu, who stated that the public photo was taken on the day he got on the Marmaray to go to the high-speed train in Söğütlüçeşme, said, “I would like to get on the bus too, but there is a risk of staying on the road in Istanbul. The elevators and escalators of the high-speed trains in our metro, Marmaray, work very well, there is no problem. All our citizens with disabilities and access problems use it very easily, but we see from the media that the municipality does not have that opportunity, I hope they will get better soon.” made its assessment.

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