Launch of high-speed rail postponed in Turkey

Business Materials 11 September 2018 14:37 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sep. 11

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The launch of the high-speed railway between Ankara and Bursa provinces of Turkey has been postponed until 2021, the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure told Trend on Sept. 11.

It was earlier expected that the construction of a high-speed railway between Ankara and Bursa would finish in 2019.

According to the ministry, the reason for moving the launch date of a high-speed railway is associated with a number of changes in the route.

The total length of the high-speed railway is 106 kilometers.

"So far, 1.21 billion Turkish liras have been spent on the implementation of the project. The total cost of the project is estimated at 5.6 billion Turkish liras," the ministry said.

Presently, the length of high-speed railway lines in Turkey is 1,213 kilometers and construction of 4,000 kilometers of railways is underway.

Research is also being conducted for the construction of additional 5,000 kilometers of railway lines.

Turkey’s first railway was built in Izmir province in 1860. Its length was 357 kilometers.

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