Istanbul and Ankara are soon to be connected by a high-speed train line between the two cities. The said train line will soon come into operation, as affirmed by the Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu on Tuesday.
Set to hit the tracks for the first time on Saturday, the line is said to have two stops, compared to 13 on a regular trip lasting four hours.
Adil Karaismailoğlu said, ‘The express train link will help passengers save crucial 25 minutes, by only stopping at Pendik Station in Istanbul and the central province of Eskişehir as another stop.’
As a country with 12,803 kilometers of railway lines, Turkey includes some 1,200 kilometers of high-speed train lines. By the year 2023, the country plans to expand this network by a third to nearly 16,700 kilometers.
Turkey’s conventional lines cover a distance of 11,590 kilometers, whereas the signalized lines span 6,382 kilometers. Turkey also has 5,753 kilometers of electrified lines.
Between the years 2003 and 2020, the government invested as much as TL 169.2 billion ($19.46 billion) in the country’s railways.