INTRO: A five-year plan of electrification and resignalling will see over 2000route-km energised by 2001

THOUGH economic difficulties have dogged new line construction in Turkey, upgrading existing routes and new rolling stock has received financial backing. Around US$120m a year will be invested, while a restructured management pursues greater productivity (panel).

Electrification at 25 kV AC of the trunk line from Ankara to Haydarpas??a was completed in 1994, but since then work has focused on two links with both domestic and international importance: from Iskenderun to