Istanbul-Konya high-speed railway commissioned in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.17
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Istanbul-Konya high-speed railway has been commissioned in Turkey, TRT Haber TV channel reported on Dec.17.
The opening ceremony of the high-speed railway with the length of 715 kilometers was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials of the country.
Students, servicemen and persons aged over 60, will benefit from 20-percent discount while traveling via the new high-speed railway. The price of the one-way ticket for the train will be equal to 42.5 TRY.
It is expected that as a result of commissioning of the new high-speed railway, the travel time from Istanbul to Konya will decrease to four hours.
Currently, the bus trip from Ankara to Istanbul takes 10-11 hours.
As part of the Vision 2023 program [celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey], the country has increased the investments in the development of transport sector.
Turkish State Railways said in January that it intends to invest almost half of its 2014 budget (1.8 billion TRY) in the projects for development of high-speed trains in the country.
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