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  • TX Logistik COO
    Rail Business UK

    Istanbul – London freight service planned by January


    EUROPE: Planning is well advanced for the launch of a rail service carrying road semi-trailers between the Asian side of Istanbul and London via the Channel Tunnel, Albert Bastius, COO of TX Logistik, told Rail Business UK at the InnoTrans exhibition. The initiative is almost ready ...

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    Construction of Ankara – Izmir high speed line restarts


    TURKEY: Construction has restarted on the 503 km high speed line which will reduce the rail distance between Ankara and Izmir from 824 km to 624 km, operating at a maximum speed of 250 km/h and reducing the end-to-end journey time from 14 h to 3½ ...

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    Test running starts on Gaziantep suburban corridor


    TURKEY: Test operations have started on the Gaziray suburban network in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, with Minister of Transport Adil Karaismailoğlu attending the inaugural test run on September 1.

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    Fire fighting and rescue wagon rolled out


    TURKEY: A fire-fighting and rescue wagon has been rolled out by Türkiye Raylı Sistem Araçları in Eskişehir. It has a platform with an equipment module and water tank containers which can be used to fight lineside forest fires or tackle fires on trains carrying petroleum products, ...

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    InterRail opens Turkish subsidiary as alternative Eurasian freight routes gain momentum


    TURKEY: Swiss rail freight, rolling stock and container group InterRail has established a Turkish subsidiary, saying it sees great potential on trade routes linking western Europe, the CIS, Central Asia and China. It also wants to develop Turkey as a hub for transport from North Africa. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Bursa opens T2 tramway


    TURKEY: Bursa’s north-south tramway T2 opened on July 2, with a week of free travel. The 9·4 km line connects the Terminal bus station in the north with Kent Meydanı, where there is an interchange with T1. The route has 11 stops. ...

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    Ankara – Sivas high speed line to open ‘this year’ despite tunnelling problems


    TURKEY: Completion of the Ankara – Sivas high speed line is facing more potential delays because of an error in the excavation of emergency access tunnels. A member of parliament for the city of Sivas, Ulaş Karasu, has asked Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu to explain why ...

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    RENFE leases hotel trains to Turkish private operator


    TURKEY: Spanish national operator RENFE is to lease two Talgo locomotive-hauled hotel trains to private tourist train operator Sun Tren for use on a luxury tourist service linking Istanbul with Cappadocia.

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    Metro Report International

    Turkish government seeks to extend control over urban rail investment


    TURKEY: The Ministry of Transport & Communications is seeking to become both owner and operator of new urban railways it is funding, instead of handing over operation and management of the completed assets to city municipalities as has happened in the past.

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    UK export financing to support completion of Ankara – Izmir high speed corridor


    TURKEY: UK Export Finance has agreed to guarantee £1·8bn through its Buyer Credit Scheme to support construction of the Polatlı – Izmir high speed line, which will create a more direct route between the capital and Turkey’s third largest city.

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    Turkey – Bulgaria reconstruction contract halted


    TURKEY: The country’s highest administrative court has cancelled the contract awarded in June last year for reconstruction of TCDD’s main line between Ispartaküle and Halkalı, which forms the southern section of the Turkey’s principal rail link with western Europe.

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    In depth

    Turkey: Currency crunch dents metro expansion


    An array of urban and suburban rail projects is underway across Turkey, but political squabbles between central government and city administrations and major currency fluctuations could yet hinder delivery of the investment, as David O’Byrne explains.

  • The transport ministry has announced the opening of the 106 km Konya – Karaman line, which has been extensively upgraded and realigned by lead contractor Gülermak.

    Rebuilt Konya – Karaman route opens


    TURKEY: The transport ministry has announced the opening of the 106 km Konya – Karaman line, which has been extensively upgraded and realigned by lead contractor Gülermak. The double-tracked route mostly follows the alignment of the existing railway, but several cut-offs and ...

  • Izmir Buca metro contract signing
    Metro Report International

    Automated metro to serve Izmir university campus


    TURKEY: Gülermak Heavy Industries has been awarded a contract to build a 13·5 km driverless underground metro line in Izmir, with construction scheduled to begin on February 14. To be known as the Buca Line, it will serve 11 stations, linking the existing Üçyol metro station ...

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    Islamabad – Tehran – Istanbul freight service relaunched


    ASIA: A rail freight service linking Islamabad, Tehran and Istanbul has been relaunched, a decade after the last attempt to develop services on the 6 500 km route. The ISI train was despatched with a ceremony in Islamabad on December 21, and reached Ankara on January ...

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    Electrification of Ankara – Kayseri line completed


    TURKEY: Electric services have been launched over the entire 352 km length of the Ankara – Kayseri main line, after infrastructure manager TCDD completed wiring work between Nenek and Şefaatli, Closing the final gap enables electric trains to run directly from Turkey’s three main cities of ...

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    Turkish track order


    TURKEY: Vossloh has announced an ‘economically significant’ order to supply infrastructure contractor Kalyon Group with 147 turnouts of various geometries, along with spare parts and additional track materials, for the Bandirma – Bursa – Yenişehir – Osmaneli High Standard Railway Project. Deliveries are scheduled to run ...

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    Turkish steelmaker orders locomotives


    TURKEY: Steelmaker Erdemir has placed an order for four CZ Loko EffiShunter 600 shunting locomotives to be delivered to its Eregli plant in Q1 2023, with an option for two more. Intended to replace obsolete Soviet and Chinese-designed locos at the plant, they will have 709 ...

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    TCDD opens Kars logistics hub


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has formally opened its Kars logistics centre, created to serve the Baku – Tbilisi - Kars railway linking Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, which opened in October 2017.

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    Alstom awarded Turkish signalling contract


    TURKEY: Contractor Kalyon has awarded Alstom a contract to supply electromechanical systems for the Bandirma – Bursa – Yenişehir – Osmaneli High Standard Railway Project. The 201 km line in northwestern Turkey is being built to link the cities to the Istanbul – Ankara high speed ...