Ankara cityscape (Photo: Ekrem/Pixabay)

TURKEY: Ankara municipality’s General Directorate of Transport Planning & Rail Systems has awarded consultancy contracts to support the design of new or extended metro lines M2, M4 and M5 totalling 26 km.

A contract covering two branches extending M2 from Koru to Yaşamkent and Bağlıca totalling 7·7 km with five stations was won by Arup with a bid of TL11·2m.

Arup also won a TL10·9m contract covering design work for a 5·5 km extension of M4 from Şehitler to Forum with four stations.

The tender for the new 13 km, 10-station Line M5 from Kızılay to Dikmen and the 3 km, three station Kuğulu Park – Atakule – Turan Güneş funicular line was awarded to Tümaş Türk Mühendislik which bid TL30·8m.

Planning is expected to take one year, after which construction packages are to be tendered.