The national carrier TCDD intends to put into operation the first 3 trains this year. They were developed and produced by the state-owned Türasaş.
Cooperation in the field of rail transport between Turkey and the UK was discussed during a meeting in Istanbul at the end of March.
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 Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has authorized $ 338. 02 million (€ 300 million) in financial assistance for the Ispartakule-Cerkezkoy railway project in Turkey.
The German manufacturer of railway materials Vossloh has signed a contract to supply 147 railway switches of various geometries, spare parts and additional track materials to Turkey.
TCDD officially opened its logistics center in Kars, set up to serve the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway linking Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, which opened in October 2017.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing the Turkish government with an additional € 150 million loan for the construction of the Ispartakule-Cherkezkoy section of the Halkali-Kapikule railway (Turkey-Bulgaria railway connection).
Due to the creation of a high-speed line between Ankara and Izmir, travel time between cities will be reduced from 14 to 3.
Mass production of the Turkish high-speed electric train will begin in 2022. This was announced by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, who focused on the work carried out by TÜRASAŞ, which reduced Turkey's foreign dependence on railway vehicles.
As part of a contract between TCDD and Alstom, Turkey’s first locomotive equipped with the ETCS Level 1 and 2 has been delivered by Alstom for operation on Turkey’s coastline.
Körfez Ulaştırma, a subsidiary of Tüpraş, received the first two EuroDual hybrid locomotives from the railway rolling stock company Stadler.
The Turkish-made electric train will start running trials in August 2021, and by the end of the year it will switch to passenger transportation after passing certification, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said during a visit to the Turkish Railway Vehicles Industry Inc.