All Turkey articles – Page 3

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    Oil traffic to benefit from Kırıkkale electrification

    2019-03-13T15:33:11Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on March 12 that it had awarded the contract for electrification of 231 km of single track on the Nenek - Şefaatli route to a consortium of domestic companies Ultra Teknoloji and Emeray Insaat Enerji. The contract is valued at TL69·9m. TCDD received two bids. ...

  • President Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul.
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    Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul opened

    2019-03-12T12:40:42Z

    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul on March 12, 15 years after construction began. The President rode an inaugural train from the opening ceremony at Kartal on the Asian side of the route east as far as Gebze, where suburban ...

  • The EU is to support the €1bn modernisation of the 233 km line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian border at Kapıkule.
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    EU to finance upgrading of Turkey’s European link

    2019-03-01T07:00:00Z

    TURKEY: A €275m grant to support the €1bn modernisation of the 233 km line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian border at Kapıkule was signed by representatives of the European Union and Turkey on February 28. The route is designated as being of European significance because it links to the core ...

  • High speed services between Ankara and Istanbul would share the Marmaray alignment using a bidirectional track equipped with ETCS for train protection.
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    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says

    2018-11-23T11:51:09Z

    TURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan. The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian ...

  • Improvements to the border station at Edirne are planned.
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    Contract to modernise Turkey – Bulgaria main line awarded

    2018-11-01T07:52:00Z

    TURKEY: Working with the Directorate-General for Foreign Relations & European Union Affairs, the transport ministry has awarded a contract to modernise a 200 km section of the main line which links Istanbul with the Bulgarian border to a consortium of domestic construction and contracting groups Gulermak Agir Sanayii ve Taah ...

  • No fewer than 21 rail-connected logistics hubs are being developed by TCDD for opening by 2023.
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    Branch line to serve Samsun logistics hub

    2018-10-29T10:52:49Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has awarded a TL190m contract for the construction of a railway between the existing Samsun - Sivas line and TCDD's Gelemen rail logistics centre. The lead contractor will be a consortium of Dekovil Entegre Sistemler and Feza Taahut. The contract involves construction of a 6·7 ...

  • The KeolisAmey joint venture has taken over from Arriva Trains Wales as the operator of Wales & Borders services.
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    Wales & Borders to offer the ‘best passenger rail service in the UK’

    2018-10-15T16:16:36Z

    UK: The KeolisAmey joint venture took over from Arriva Trains Wales as the operator of Wales & Borders services with the start of the new franchise on October 14. The 15-year Operations & Development Partner contract was awarded by the devolved Welsh Government’s Transport for Wales agency, and is ...

  • Sivas in eastern Turkey is being developed as an important hub providing interchange between local routes and the Ankara - Sivas high speed line, now under construction.
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    Samsun – Sivas line to reopen this year after €280m upgrading

    2018-09-19T12:20:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing running on the railway between Samsun and Sivas, which has been closed for upgrading work for the past three years. The line is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of the year. Work began in September 2015 and has involved ...

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    Turkish operator orders GE PowerHaul locomotives

    2018-09-19T08:23:59Z

    TURKEY: A contract for the supply of five PowerHaul diesel locomotives was signed by GE Transportation, Tülomsaş and the Korfez Ulastirma rail transport business of oil refiner Tüpraş on September 18. The GE locomotives will be produced by the US company’s local partner Tülomsaş in Eskisehir. Korfez Ulastirma is the ...

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    Turkish hybrid shunter on show

    2018-09-18T13:20:01Z

    INNOTRANS: Turkish national freight operator TCDD Tasımacılık is to take delivery of up to 11 diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives if deployment of a prototype developed by Aselsan and Tülomsaş proves successful. The two companies used the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin to introduce the hybrid loco, which has been ...

  • Greenbrier-AstraRail has agreed to acquire a 68% stake in Turkish wagon manufacturer Rayvag Vagon Sanayi ve Ticaret.
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    Greenbrier invests in Turkish wagon manufacturer

    2018-08-09T10:33:44Z

    TURKEY: The Greenbrier Companies’ European business Greenbrier-AstraRail has agreed to acquire a 68% stake in Adana-based wagon, bogie and component manufacturing and maintenance company Rayvag Vagon Sanayi ve Ticaret. Rayvag was founded in 2007 by Asim Suzen, who will retain a 32% equity interest and continue as Managing Director. ...

  • Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was among the guests attending the start of test running on the European surface alignment of the Marmaray route.
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    Test running begins on European Marmaray alignment

    2018-05-29T09:29:53Z

    TURKEY: An inaugural diesel test train operated along part of the European section of Istanbul’s 77 km Marmaray cross-city suburban corridor on May 23. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was onboard the diesel locomotive that ran between Halkalı and Kazlıçeşme, a distance of 20 km. This forms part of the ...

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    University alliance to promote high speed rail

    2018-05-22T15:32:58Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed rail. UIC first announced plans for its alliance of universities at the World Congress on High Speed Rail in Tokyo ...

  • Ankara hosted the 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. The next Congress is expected to take place in 2019-20 in China.
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    Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing

    2018-05-15T15:29:07Z

    Global ridership has surged by 40% in the three years since UIC last staged its World Congress on High Speed Rail. Yet operators and policymakers must work hard to keep the rail mode ahead as competition grows both in and for the market. Benjámin Zelki reports from the latest summit ...

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    Ankara suburban line reopens following upgrade

    2018-04-13T10:43:36Z

    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım attended a ceremony on April 12 to mark the reopening of the Başkentray suburban line in Ankara following its upgrade. The 37 km route between Kayaş in the east and Sincan in the west, operated with a fleet of ...

  • TCDD Taşımacılık has formally signed a contract for preferred bidder Siemens to supply a further 10 Velaro high-speed trainsets.
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    TCDD signs high speed train contract

    2018-04-13T08:31:46Z

    TURKEY: National operator TCDD Taşımacılık has formally signed a contract for preferred bidder Siemens to supply a further 10 Velaro high-speed trainsets. The contract announced on April 13 is worth around €340m, including three years of maintenance, repair and cleaning. The latest order will take TCDD’s Velaro fleet to 17 ...

  • PIMK Rail has dispatched its first weekly freight service from the Plovdiv intermodal hub in Bulgaria to Çerkezköy in Turkey.
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    Bulgaria – Turkey piggyback service avoids border delays

    2018-03-13T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: PIMK Rail dispatched its first weekly freight service from the Plovdiv intermodal hub in Bulgaria to Çerkezköy in Turkey on March 2. A Siemens Vectron locomotive hauled 17 articulated piggyback wagons carrying lorry trailers, which were able to avoid the long delays to road traffic which can occur at ...

  • The presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan and the prime ministers of Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan attended a ceremony in Baku to inaugurate the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway.
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    Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway corridor inaugurated

    2017-10-30T15:27:21Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan and the prime ministers of Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan attended a ceremony at the Port of Baku on October 30 to dispatch an inaugural freight train on the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars corridor. The heads of state and government then travelled to ...

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    First train on Turkish section of Kars – Tbilisi railway

    2017-07-24T10:09:43Z

    TURKEY: A ceremonial first train ran on the Turkish section of the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway corridor on July 19, carrying Minister of Transport, Maritime & Communication Ahmet Arslan as well as Georgia’s Minister of Economy and the CEOs of the national railways of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. ...

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    Thales awarded Ankara resignalling contract

    2017-07-12T16:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Thales has been awarded a contract to resignal the 36 km Başkentray route which runs east–west through Ankara from Kayaş to Sincan. The corridor is used by suburban, inter-city and high speed services, and is being upgraded by a joint venture of Gülermak and Kolin under a TCDD project ...