A new train line connecting Türkiye’s two big cities Istanbul and Ankara is underway.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloğlu described the project as the ‘Istanbul-Ankara High-Speed Train’ line.
Uraloğlu announced that the project will commence by 2028 and will cut the travel time between the two cities to 80 minutes.
“Railway transportation is much more crucial when it comes to zero emissions. We need to do more on railways,” he underscored.
The travel duration between the two cities in question with the current line takes about five hours, with trains having a maximum speed of 250 kph (155 mph).
The long-awaited high-speed railway line between Türkiye capital Ankara and Istanbul was opened in 2014. There are 10 stops on the line, Ankara, Polatlı, Eskişehir, Bozüyük, Bilecik, Pamukova, Sapanca, Izmit, Gebze and Pendik.
“By 2028, we will witness the opening of the Ankara-Izmir High-Speed Train. We will see the opening of the Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Gaziantep High-Speed Train. We will have started the Ankara-Istanbul Super High-Speed Train,” the minister stated.
In Türkiye, 12 cities can benefit from the High-Speed Train (YHT), indirectly covering 19 cities. “Thanks to our 2053 vision, we will have brought YHT to 52 cities,” Uraloğlu added.
Breaking News Turkey with AA