BIDS WERE opened on June 17 for a feasibility study of the planned Polatli - Afyon cut-off in Turkey. Lowest bidder is Akum Mimarlik, at 162 000bn lire. Together with upgrading between Afyon and Usak, the link is intended to shorten the route from Ankara to Izmir (RG 12.94 p808).
The project forms a key element in the long-term plans being progressed by the General Directorate of Railway, Port & Airport Construction. Other major schemes include a route from Bandirma to Osmaneli via Bursa, with a branch from Ayazma to In