Photo: Benjámin Zelki

TURKEY: Construction has started on an extension of Ankara’s Başkentray suburban railway from the current western terminus of Sincan to Yenikent.

The 8 km northwestern extension is being funded from public sources. Completion of the TL353m project is due by the end of June 2022.

From Yenikent a single-track line is to be built to the Kazan Soda Elektrik factory to the north. Construction of the 6·8 km alignment is being funded by the factory.

Railway infrastructure manager TCDD awarded the construction to a consortium of HCA Insaat, Imaj Altyapi Ust Yapı and Efecemler Ins Nak Madencılık, which replaces an agreement with Aga Enerji awarded in July 2018 and subsequently cancelled.