The Ankara-İzmir High-Speed Train (YHT) project will gain momentum with a 2.45 billion euro loan from the UK. Progress of 3.5% has been made in the infrastructure works of the Afyonkarahisar-İzmir section of the YHT line, which will reduce the travel time between the two provinces to 52 hours.
Speaking at the consultation meeting of Railway-İş union, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that they have achieved 99% physical progress in the infrastructure construction works of YHT line Ankara-Sivas. Karaismailoğlu said, “When the project is completed, the train travel time between Ankara-Sivas will decrease from 12 hours to 2 hours,” said Karaismailoğlu, “In addition, we include 1.5 million citizens of Kayseri on the YHT line with our Yerköy-Kayseri high-speed train line.He said that Kayseri, one of the important trading centers in Central Anatolia, also gets its share from the mobilization of YHT.
Karaismailoğlu, Ankara-İzmir high-speed train line is another important project of ours. We have achieved 52% physical progress in the infrastructure works. With this project, we will reduce the train travel time between Ankara and İzmir from 14 hours to 3.5 hours. When completed, we aim to transport approximately 525 million passengers and 13.5 million tonnes of cargo per year over a distance of 90 kilometers. Construction work in progress Halkalı- Our Kapikule High Speed Rail project is also one of the most important links of the Silk Railway route which forms the European connection. With this project; Halkalı- Passenger travel time between Kapikule (Edirne) will be reduced from 4 hours to 1 hour and 20 minutes; Our goal is to reduce load transport time from 6.5 hours to 2 hours and 20 minutes.