IN THE 100TH YEAR OF OUR REPUBLIC, IT HAS BEEN TARGETED TO CONNECT OUR 14 METROPOLITANS, INCLUDING ANKARA, VIA HIGH SPEED RAILWAY NETWORKS.
While high speed and rapid lines are being built, the existing lines are being renewed and converted to work with electric and signalling as well. As high-speed trains are in service on Ankara, İstanbul, Eskişehir and Konya lines, Sivas, Bursa and İzmir are next in line. In the 100th year of our Republic, it has been targeted to connect our 14 metropolitans, including Ankara, via high-speed railway networks.
Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak Line is being operated
The infrastructure-superstructure rehabilitation works, signalling and telecommunications operations for Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak line, which carries great importance for the Black Sea Region, that were started in 2015 are continuing with speed. The completed part of the project, Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak section, began to operate in May. With the completion of the project, the line capacity will increase by 53 percent and the total number of operated passenger and freight trains will increase to 46 from 30.
New passenger platforms, passenger information and announcement systems
Within the scope of the project, 94 level crossing barriers were renewed to operate automatically and passenger platforms were built at 41 stations and equipped with passenger information and announcement systems, as the infra-super structures of the lines were renewed. One of the world’s most secure systems, the ERTMS Level 1, was established on this line for the first time among the conventional lines. With the renewal of the line, the DMU’s, which offer the opportunity to travel comfortably and fast, have begun operating on Zonguldak-Karabük-Zonguldak lines. 85 percent of the project was funded by the EU grant aid.