New metro line opened in Istanbul

Kağıthane – Istanbul Airport metroThe President of turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, inaugurated the Kağıthane – Istanbul Airport metro line with a length of 34 km served by 8 stations.

The line runs from the Kağıthane area through the Eyüpsultan and Arnavutköy districts and than towards the airport. According to the president, the line is expected to carry 800,000 passengers each day providing a 24-minute journey from Kağıthane to the Istanbul Airport.

“We used 10 tunnel boring machines at the same time in order to put into the service the new metro line as soon as possible. The construction process of the metro line was done with full of domestic and national engineering achievements,” Erdoğan said at the ceremony.

The new metro line is equipped with signalling system developed by Turkish defense corporation Aselsan in cooperation with TÜBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Institution of Turkey.

“The domestic design and the manufactured vehicles that operate the line also serve with domestic batteries. With this project, Turkey has proven its power and capability in the construction of a new metro line with domestic design and products,” the president explained.

The line is connected with M7 (Kabatas-Mahmutbey-Esenyurt) at Mahmutbey station in the European side of Istanbul. In the next few months the line will be connected with Zincirlikuyu metrobus stop.

Kağıthane – Istanbul Airport metro line is the fasted line in the Turkish city which allow trains to run at a speed of 120 km/h.

Currently, the works are ongoing on the 7-station extension of M11 Line that will start from the south of Istanbul Airport descending from Arnavutköy to Halkalı train station which is also served by the M1B and Marmaray lines.

“The works on our metro line project which will start from Arnavutköy to Halkalı are continuing rapidly. Besides, our work on the Bakırköy-Bağcılar, Başakşehir-Kayaşehir, Kazlıçeşme-Sirkeci, and Altunizade-Bosna Boulevard lines continues. We will have increased the rail system network of Istanbul to over 380 kilometers. Currently, Istanbul ranks first among the cities with the highest number of rail system constructions in the world,” the president said.

In January, Istanbul opened the 14.3 km driverless metro Line 8 served by 13 stations linking Bostanci and Parseller.



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