High-speed railway line opened in Turkey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu opened a 102-kilometer high-speed line Konya-Karaman connecting the two cities.
The new line is designed to operate trains at a speed of over 200 km/h.
The train will travel from Istanbul to Karaman in 5 hours 40 minutes, and on the Ankara-Konya-Karaman line, the travel time has been reduced from 3 hours 10 minutes to 2 hours. The official ceremony took place at Konya station on January 8, 2022.
“We are starting a new era by opening the Konya-Karaman high-speed line. For those who live in Konya, travel to Ankara, Istanbul and Eskisehir by train is now more convenient, easier and more economical than other modes of transport, ”the president said.
The new railway line will save 63 million Turkish Lira (US $ 4.56 million) in energy, accident prevention, emission reductions, and maintenance costs.
After the completion of the project, the capacity increased from 26 to 60 pairs of trains, the Minister of Transport said.
1.4 billion Turkish Lira (101.3 million US dollars) is the cost of the project, which includes the modernization of infrastructure and facilities, as well as the construction of 74 bridges, 39 overpasses and 17 pedestrian crossings and overpasses.
The railway line to Adana will be part of the strategy for the development of railways on the southern axis. The new high-speed line will be extended from Karaman to Adana through Ulukishil, which will achieve 89% infrastructure development.
From here the line will reach Mersin, and then the Osmaniye and Gaziantep routes will be created. The entire railway line will be 135 km long.
Turkey is focused on developing its rail network and a new high-speed train is expected to enter commercial service soon.
Turkey has increased its railway network from 10,959 km of lines that have been upgraded to 13,222 km through the construction of 1,213 km of high-speed lines and 219 km of conventional lines.
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