TURKEY’S Ministry of Transport has drawn up a revised strategy designed to ensure that many long-planned but stalled rail projects can move off the drawing board. No less than 13 schemes could benefit from this initiative which would see around US$15bn invested by 2020.

The projects include the 260 km line from Tatvan to Van, bypassing Lake Van (US$184m); a US$3·8bn north-south trunk line running from Trabzon and Tirebolu on the Black Sea to Erzincan, Palu, Diyarbakir, Kurtalan and Cizre; a route from Adapazari to Ereglisi and Zonguldak on the Black Sea; a direct line from Osmaneli and In