Turkish Minister of Transport, Mehmet Cahit Turhan, and Ali İhsan Uygun, the Director General of TCDD have successfully carried out the first train test on the Ankara-Sivas high-speed railway on March 5, 2020.
The test was performed between the 90th and 104th km of the line which will reduce the travel time between Ankara and Sivas from 12 hours to 2 hours when completed.
EUR 1.43 billion (TRY 9.75 billion) is the total investment for the Ankara-Sivas high-speed railway project which involves a 405 km line served by 9 stations. The project also includes 49 railway tunnels, totaling 66.2 km and 52 viaducts with a total length of 28 km.
The Ankara-Sivas HSR will provide direct rail links to Kayseri, Konya, Mersin, Gaziantep and Diyarbakır and will also form a rail connection between Europe and the Middle East through the Edirne-Kars railway corridor.
The new high-speed railway line is the second longest in Turkey, after the 533 km-long Istanbul-Ankara line.