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  • Istanbul M7 metro extension map
    Metro Report International

    Ship canal poses challenge as Istanbul extends metro line

    2021-09-10T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Excavation work is underway on a long-planned 18 km underground extension of Istanbul’s M7 metro line, with the €220m cost to be financed from a Eurobond issued by Istanbul municipality late last year. The extension is to be built in two stages. The first will ...

  • Körfez Ulaştırma Stadler EuroDual loco
    News

    Electro-diesel locomotives arrive in Turkey

    2021-09-08T06:00:00Z

    TURKEY:·The first two of seven Stadler EuroDual electro-diesel locomotives ordered by Körfez Ulaştırma have been delivered to the port of Derince in Kocaeli, two weeks after leaving the factory in Valencia. Approval testing by an independent company and regulator UHDGM has begun ...

  • Trains in Turkey
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    Private sector executive to head Turkish rail infrastructure manager

    2021-09-06T10:03:00Z

    TURKEY: The head of a major rail contractor and equipment supplier which is also the country’s first private passenger service operator has been appointed as the head of infrastructure manager TCDD. Abdülkerim Murat Atik was appointed as Chairman & CEO of TCDD on September 3, by ...

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    Metro Report International

    Mersin awards contract for construction of first metro line

    2021-08-27T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Mersin municipality has formally awarded the contract for construction of the city’s first underground metro line. The winner was a consortium of US company Dillingham Construction International and Turkey’s Kıska-Kom, which submitted the lowest bid of TL3·379bn. Bids had also been submitted by a consortium ...

  • Izmir clock tower (Photo: Ben Kerckx/Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    İzmir invites tenders for Otogar – Kemalpaşa metro line

    2021-08-19T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Seven companies or consortia have applied to prequalify for the contract to build İzmir’s planned Otogar – Kemalpaşa metro line. The 27·5 km line with 19 stations will link the inter-city coach station with the future Ankara – İzmir high speed rail line and the ...

  • Hyundai Rotem tram in Izmir.
    Metro Report International

    Bozankaya lowest bidder for Izmir tram contract

    2021-07-30T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Bozankaya submitted the lowest bid of TL749·75m for a contract to supply 26 trams to İzmir Metro for use on the Konak and Karşıyaka lines and the future Çiğli line which is currently under construction.

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    Metro Report International

    EBRD approves Izmir metro loan

    2021-07-29T10:41:00Z

    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction Development is to provide Izmir municipality with a €125m loan to support construction of the first phase of the Üçyol – Buca driverless metro line. The 13·5 km line will be entirely underground, with an end to ...

  • Edirne railway station
    News

    CAF Signalling awarded Istanbul – Bulgaria contract

    2021-06-29T10:31:00Z

    TURKEY: The joint venture which is modernising the line linking Istanbul with Bulgaria has appointed CAF Signalling as subcontractor to install signalling on the 153 km western section between Çerkezköy and the border at Kapıkule.

  • tr-Halkali-Kapikule corridor station upgrading-TCDD Tasimacilik
    In depth

    Turkey: Canal plan puts brakes on rail projects

    2021-06-28T12:00:00Z

    Turkey’s plans to build a ship canal connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara are being carefully monitored by the European Commission in case the scheme interferes with the project to upgrade Turkey’s main line link to Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. David O’Byrne reports.

  • Gebze metro TBM
    Metro Report International

    Gebze metro tunnelling begins

    2021-06-15T13:33:00Z

    TURKEY: Tunnelling for the 14·6 km Gebze metro was officially launched by Minister of Transport Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu on June 14. The first section of the line is scheduled to open by the end of 2023. The line in Kocaeli province to the ...

  • TCDD Siemens Mobilty Velaro TR
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    Turkey’s Velaro high speed trainsets delivered

    2021-06-02T09:40:00Z

    TURKEY: National operator TCDD Taşımacılık has taken delivery of the last of the 19 Velaro TR high speed trainsets ordered from Siemens Mobility. TCDD bought its first Velaro in 2013, when a Velaro D trainset for Germany was taken from the production line and refitted ...

  • Istanbul_metro_01
    Metro Report International

    Istanbul opens metro Line M9

    2021-06-01T15:20:00Z

    TURKEY: Line M9 on the European side of Istanbul opened on May 29. M9 combines a newly-built metro route between Ikitelli Sanayi and Bahariye, which has been under construction since 2016, with the İkitelli Sanayi – Olimpiyat line which opened in November 2013 as branch ...

  • VTG wagon
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    VTG sees ‘huge potential’ in Turkish freight market

    2021-05-09T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: VTG has announced a ‘sharp expansion’ in the Turkish market, bundling the activities of VTG Rail Europe, VTG Rail Logistics and VTG Tanktainer under local subsidiary VTG Nakliyat. Offices have been opened in Halkalı and Pendik on the European and Aisan sides of the ...

  • Sun Group train agreement signing
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    Turkey’s first private passenger service to target Japanese visitors

    2021-04-14T10:00:00Z

    TURKEY: A license has been granted for the operation of the first regular private passenger train service in Turkey, a luxury night train which will operate between Istanbul and the Cappadocia region tourist destination. The service will be operated by a joint venture of Japan’s ...

  • tr Istanbul Golden Horn tramway (1)
    Urban In Depth

    Istanbul: Metro expansion forges ahead

    2021-03-30T13:57:00Z

    After several years of delays, Istanbul’s ambitious metro and tramway expansion programme is back on track, reports David O’Byrne. Several new lines are set to open while others are moving from planning to construction.

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    Turkey extends rail subsidies to the end of 2023

    2021-03-22T12:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Parliament has passed legislation extending state support for infrastructure manager TCDD and national train operator TCDD Taşımcılık until at least the end of 2023, with a clause allowing the President to extend subsidies for up to a further 10 years without recourse to parliament. ...

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    In depth

    Turkey: Freight won’t wait

    2021-03-15T12:06:00Z

    Restrictions on road haulage due to the pandemic have driven a sharp increase in Turkey’s rail freight traffic, particularly on international corridors, reports David O’Byrne. Further growth is expected to follow the completion of rail-served logistics centres across the network.

  • tr-Mersin metro 1
    Metro Report International

    Mersin metro electromechanical tender result

    2021-02-25T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Mersin municipality has announced the results of a tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of electromechanical systems for the Mezitli – Üçocak metro line. Four of the 13 groups which had initially expressed interest in the contract prequalified to tender, and of those ...

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    Interlocking roll-out completed

    2021-02-23T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has completed a programme to install new interlockings on the 328 km Eskişehir – Kutahya – Balıkesir main line and bring the route under centralised control. The largely single-track line is one of TCDD’s principal access routes to the Izmir region from ...

  • tr Gaziray train order
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    EMUs ordered for Gaziantep’s Gaziray suburban rail project

    2021-02-01T10:00:00Z

    TURKEY: State rolling stock manufacturer Türasaş has signed a €47m contract to supply eight four-car electric multiple-units for the Gaziray suburban rail service which is being developed in Gaziantep. The aluminium bodied EMUs will have a top speed of 120 km/hr and a capacity of 1 ...