High-speed railway line in Turkey to be launched in June 2021
The high-speed railway line Ankara-Sivas will be launched in June 2021. Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey Enver Iskurt announced that the construction of the Ankara-Sivas high-speed line is at the final stage. The line is slated to be opened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this June 2021.
“We will offer our citizens fast, convenient and modern transport services. The technical committee and the project managers are clarifying the details for the opening of the railway line, ”said Enver Iskurt.
The Ankara-Sivas high-speed railway line has a length of 393 km and is served by eight stations in Elmadag, Kyrykkale, Yerkoy, Yozgat, Sorgun, Akdagmadeni, Yildyzeli and Sivas informs Railway Supply magazine with reference to TCDD.
The new line will reduce travel time between Ankara and Sivas to two hours from 12 noon, as trains will be able to move at a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The project cost was US $ 1.6 billion.
In recent years, Turkey has announced plans to develop its rail system, including the construction of a comprehensive high-speed rail network. 39 billion euros is an investment pledge announced by the authorities to “connect every corner of the country to the high-speed rail network.”
In 2019, the length of high-speed lines in Turkey reached 1 213 km, and in the long term, the country intends to create a system of high-speed railways with a length of 7 420 km.
Siemens Mobility recently delivered the last of 19 Velaro trains to operate on the country’s high-speed rail lines.