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    VTG sees ‘huge potential’ in Turkish freight market


    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 ...

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    Turkey’s first private passenger service to target Japanese visitors


    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 ...

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    Urban In Depth

    Istanbul: Metro expansion forges ahead


    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


    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


    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.

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    Metro Report International

    Mersin metro electromechanical tender result


    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


    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 ...

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    EMUs ordered for Gaziantep’s Gaziray suburban rail project


    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 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Domestic trains to work Turkish metro line


    TURKEY: Bozankaya has been awarded a contract to supply seven four-car driverless trainsets for the metro under construction to link Gebze and Darica in Kocaeli province to the southeast of Istanbul. Bozankaya beat a rival bid from CRRC, and said it ...

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    Metro Report International

    Istanbul opens first section of Golden Horn tramway


    TURKEY: The first section of Istanbul tram line T5 alongside the Golden Horn waterway opened on January 4. The initial section runs 8·8 km from Alibeyköy to Cibali. There are 12 stops, including connections with the TF2 cable car and metro line M7. The line ...

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    Metro Report International

    Istanbul secures US$580m to complete stalled metro projects


    TURKEY: Work on four stalled metro projects is set to resume after Istanbul municipality successfully raised US$580m to fund construction through its first international Eurobond sale.

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    Metro Report International

    Istanbul driverless metro line M7 opens


    TURKEY: Metro Istanbul launched passenger services on the first stage of line M7 on October 28. This is the first driverless metro line to open on the European side of the city . Running from Mecidiyeköy to Mahmutbey, the first phase of ...

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    Metro Report International

    Bidders compete to build first metro in Mersin


    TURKEY: The southeastern coastal city of Mersin is poised to build its first metro line, announcing on October 9 that 13 companies had submitted bids in response to a call for tenders.

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    Metro Report International

    First Line 11 airport metro cars arrive in Istanbul


    TURKEY: Test running on the future Istanbul metro Line 11 linking the new airport with Gayrettepe is to start this month, after the first trainset was delivered on September 6. The trainsets are being manufactured by CRRC Zhuzhou, which was awarded a TL1·5bn contract ...

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    Kars Logistics Centre prepares to receive international rail freight


    TURKEY: The first train has run to the Kars Logistics Centre, which is being built to serve the Kars – Tbilisi – Baku railway connecting Turkey with Georgia and Azerbaijan. Full commercial operations are planned to begin by the end of the year. ...

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    Turkey’s National Train to enter service this year


    TURKEY: The National Train electric multiple-unit developed under a programme to increase the use of domestic technology and support the adoption of TSI standards has been completed and is expected to enter revenue service this year, Minister for Transport Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said during ...

  • 'We took all our precautions, especially social distancing, and restarted trips on some of our lines', said Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu.

    Limited inter-city service restarts in Turkey


    TURKEY: Limited inter-city services on the national network restarted with the departure of a high speed train from Ankara to Istanbul at 07.00 on May 28, the first such train since services were suspended as part of coronavirus lockdown measures on March 28. Passenger services have ...

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    Coronavirus app as part of Turkey’s transport restart


    TURKEY: To support the restart of inter-city public transport, a mobile phone app is being used to track passengers in case anyone should subsequently test positive for the coronavirus. Intending passengers must install the app and input their date of birth, national identity number, ticket number, ...

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    Turkish government designates PSO services


    TURKEY: The government has designated 61 routes or service groups as eligible for Public Service Obligation support, under an amendment to Clause 8 of the railway liberalisation legislation which came into force in May 2013. A presidential decree which took effect on April 8 amended the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Société Générale joins Izmir metro financing


    TURKEY: Société Générale is to provide part of the financing for the construction of a 7·2 km western extension of Izmir’s 19 km Evka 3 – Fahrettin Altay metro line. The French lender is providing €25m as a B-loan under the European Bank for Reconstruction ...