Minister Arslan said that the Ankara-Uşak section of the high-speed train line, which will reduce between Ankara-İzmir to 3.5 hours, will be completed by the end of 2019.
Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Ahmet Arslan gave information about the progress of Istanbul-İzmir Highway and Ankara-İzmir High-Speed Train projects in Manisa.
Arslan said that the 112 km section of the highway, which corresponds to about one third of the highway linking İstanbul and İzmir, passes through Manisa and that the project work continues for the second highway that connects Manisa to Aegean and Central Anatolia besides this highway. Drawing attention to the industrial size of Manisa, Arslan said that these investments will serve for development.
Minister Arslan said, “Rehabilitation of existing railways and producing high-speed trains were also very important in a city, which is the heart of industry and economy. We are following this with our colleagues. The tender process for all sections of the high-speed train line going from Ankara to Afyonkarahisar, Manisa, and İzmir have begun. I hope that we will put it in service in 3 years. Thus, we will be able to make Manisa much more advanced with highways, high-speed trains, conventional train lines and divided roads.”
Pointing out that the High-Speed Train line will not cross the existing line in the city center of Manisa, Arslan said that the line, going through the south of the bus terminal in the north of the city, would advance parallel to the beltway.