Türkiye To Launch High-Speed Train Linking Ankara to Izmir
Sept. 5, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Türkiye’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloglu revealed that the high-speed train project linking the capital Ankara and Izmir, the country’s third largest city, will be operational by 2027. The new rail line will revolutionize travel time between the two cities, cutting the current 824 km journey to a 624 km, slashing travel time from 14 hours to 3.5 hours. Stressing its regional benefits, Uraloglu said the line more than 7 million residents of Afyonkarahisar, Uşak, Manisa and İzmir provinces access to the train. The new line will be able to move 13.3 million passengers and 90 million tons of cargo annually; it will involve construction of 49 tunnels spanning 40.7 km, and 67 viaducts and 66 bridges over 21.2 km.