Turkey continues rail infrastructure projects despite virus

Between March and October 2020 investment by the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure totaled $ 5.7 billion as the country’s rail infrastructure projects continued despite the pandemic, informs Railway Supply magazine, referring на Anadolu Agency.

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While the whole world was busy with “mask wars” in the fight against COVID-19, Turkey launched major projects, taking all measures against the pandemic.

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Turkey plans to implement rail projects to connect industrial zones and railways with a significant reduction in logistics costs. The Transport Minister also said that new investments into the railway will make Turkey logistically attractive. Turkey now has several projects of freight and high-speed trains, freight transportation by rail, which currently amounts to 30 million tons annually, will amount to 45 million tons in 2023 and 150 million tons in 2028.

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Early November President of Turkey congratulated on the completion of the modernization of the Samsun-Sivas railway line, stating that the modernization of the railway will significantly contribute to logistics transportation.

“This railway line, which opens the Black Sea to Anatolia commercially, will give a whole new momentum to logistics transport. The investment will strengthen Samsun’s position as a regional hub and offer economic and business opportunities to our citizens living along the line,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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“Within the scope of the project, the 431-kilometer railway line between Samsun and Sivas was renewed with all its infrastructure and superstructure,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey ranks eighth in the world and sixth in Europe in terms of high-speed trains.

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The President said that Turkey has also built high-speed rail lines, where freight and passenger traffic can be carried out jointly. With the help of such strategic projects as the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, Turkey has been able to establish an uninterrupted rail link from London to China, he added.


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