The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey announced the entry into the final stage of the construction of the Ankara-Sivas high-speed railroad. The line is scheduled to open in June 2021 with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Ankara-Sivas high-speed railway, which is 393 km long, will serve eight stations located in Elmadag, in Ankara province, as well as in Kirikkala, Yerkoy, Yozgat, Sorgun, Akdagmadeni, Yildizeli and Sivas itself.
The high-speed lines form two sections – the first 151 km long from the Kayash station in the Ankara region to the city of Erkoy in the Central Anatolia region and the second 242 km long from Erkoy to Sivas in the central part of Turkey. Moreover, 66 km of the entire route of the highway is laid in tunnels, and the length of the longest of them is 5.12 km. In addition, the line includes 49 bridges with a total length of 27.2 km, and the longest of them reaches 2.2 km.
The first test drive on one of the high-speed rail sections took place in March 2020. At the beginning of 2021, the Turkish Railways (TCDD) conducted dynamic tests, and also tested the ETCS level 1 traffic control system.
Siemens also completed deliveries of all 19 Velaro high-speed trains to Turkey in June 2021 .
The commissioning of the new line will reduce the travel time between Ankara and Sivas from the current 12 to 4 hours, and later to 2 hours. Trains here will be able to reach a maximum speed of 250 km / h. The cost of the entire project is estimated at US $ 1.6 billion.
Recently, Turkey has announced its ambitious plans for the development of the railway network, including the large-scale construction of the high-speed rail. The Turkish authorities confirm their intentions to bring the volume of investments here to 39 billion euros.
In 2019, the length of the high-speed rail in Turkey reached 1213 km, and in the future it is planned to increase it to 7420 km (photo: Emlak Gündemi).(ZDM)