”An important manufacturing issue consisting of approximately 62 kilometers between Ankara and Sivas is a matter of production. Overall progress of these works was 55%. Especially since the Yerköy-Sivas section went ahead, this year we will start major construction works. I hope that by the end of 2018 we could finish construction works and run the tests”, İsa Apaydın, General Manager of Turkish Railways (TCDD) announced.
The entire Ankara-Sivas line is 406 kilometers long. Once completed, it will be the second longest high-speed railway in Turkey after the Istanbul-Ankara high speed line.
Apaydın pointed out that the infrastructure works for the high speed line from Kayaş to Sivas continued and within a month the Yerköy-Sivas line was planned to be completed with works on the superstructure electromechanical part.
”The high speed journey from Ankara to Sivas will take 2 hours. Of course, this is not only a connection between Ankara and Sivas, but it is also a connection to Istanbul. Therefore, the Istanbul-Sivas train journey will also be reduced to 5 hours. At the same time, Konya, Izmir, Bursa will have high speed rail connection. After Sivas and Erzincan, our route to Kars will be connected in the same way. Sivas will be a high-speed trendy center. It will be connected to all the arteries in both the east and the west”, İsa Apaydın added.
”A new high-speed train line of about 142 kilometers from Yerköy to Kayseri has been projected at the moment. Our goal is to complete this planning project in mid 2017. We hope to launch the tender procedure, for the construction of this line, and also to launch the construction works towards the end of 2017″ TCDD General Manager explained.