Turkey to electrify the entire conventional network by 2023

Works evolve fast and Turkey now benefits from 2,317 km of conventional railways fully electrified. Turkish Railways (TCDD) says that by 2023, the entire conventional rail network will be 100% electrified. Currently, electrification works are carried out on 1,352 km of railways on the busiest sections.

Between 2012 and 2016, TCDD’s costs for electric energy dropped by 17%, while fossil fuel consumption for the same period dropped from 130 million litres to 95 million litres. In turn, private operators are satisfied with the electrification projects carried out by Turkey as they would rather not invest in diesel locomotives.

Currently, Turkish Railways (TCDD) implements electrification works on both high-speed routes and conventional routes, such as Halkalı – Marmaray (21 km), Marmaray – Pendik (24 km), Bandırma – Susurluk (55 km), Manisa – Menemen (33 km), Balıkesir – Tavşanlı (202 km), Konya – Karaman (102 km), Irmak – Kırıkkale – Boğazköprü (295 km), Boğazköprü – Kalin – Sivas – Çetinkaya (349 km), Boğazköprü  – Araplı (67 km), Ulukışla – Yenice (107 km), Mersin – Adana (70 km) and Başpınar – Mustafa Yavuz (27 km).

Also, other rail sections are in the phase of preliminary analysis for the launch of electrification works. These sections are Manisa – Afyon (355 km), Afyon – Alayunt (95 km), Afyon – Pınarbaşı (250 km), Karaman – Ulukışla (135 km) and Zonguldak – Irmak (415 km). All these sections have intense traffic and amount to a total 1.250 km.

According to TCDD, electrification works will be launched on three other sections such as Narlı – Başpınar (66 km), Divriği – Kars (586 km) and Malatya – Tatvan – Kapıköy (582 km).

When all these projects are completed, the length of electrified railway in Turkey will reach 4,919 km.

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