Turkey gets ready to enlarge railway network next 5 years

The first Turkish-made electric train  tests starting in late August

Turkey will expand its railway network to 18,000 kilometers (11,184 miles), said Adil Karaismailoglu, Transport and Infrastructure Minister. Addressing at digital summit on transportation and infrastructure last week, Karaismailoglu said Turkey’s railway investments will go higher in the following years.

Karaismailoglu noted Turkey’s plans for cutting emissions as well as on logistics, mobility, transportation, e-commerce, big data, cloud technology, and digital space.

The first Turkish electric train to operate following the tests

The first Turkish-made electric train, with its tests to be conducted on Aug. 30, is set to hit the tracks in three months. The design and operating speeds of the first such train were planned at 176 km per hour (109.3 mph), and 160 km/h (99.4 mph), respectively.

“Turkey invested TL 880 billion ($128 billion) in its transportation and infrastructure over the last 17 years,” since the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party came to power, he emphasized.

Turkey started high-speed rail service over a decade ago and currently has more than 12,000 km (7,456 miles) of railway lines, according to ministry’s data.

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