TURKISH Minister of Transport & Communications Necdet Menzir announced on February 3 that tenders would be called shortly for a US$237m upgrading of TCDD’s main line between Ankara and Haydarpasa, cutting the journey time to 4h. He said this would be more immediate and cost-effective than completing the high-speed line ’which has been on the agenda for the past 20 years.’

The upgrading includes realignments between Sazak, Polatl?µ and Yenidogan and between Bozüyük and Karak