“THE NATIONAL TRAIN PROJECT” IS GOING TO ENSURE TURKEY’S LEADERSHIP AT RAILWAY INDUSTRY IN ITS REGION.
Many things have been changed and developed at railway industry since 2003. High-speed and speed railway lines are becoming expanded, the existing lines and our rolling stock are being renewed, the advanced railway industry is developing.
By means of the works done with the goals of production of the materials and tools that railways need in collaboration with domestic and foreign private sector companies and prevention of the foreign-source dependency, our country that used to import even rails has become a country that exports rails, locomotives, and wagons.
Electric rolling stock, passenger cars, railway switches, connectors, and so on are being produced at the factories that are founded by domestic and foreign partners. The cooperation of TÜVASAŞ, TÜLOMSAŞ, and TÜVASAŞ with the leading railway sector companies in the world is developing.
Besides these developments, with the goal of strengthening the national railways industry, 51 percent indigenousness condition is added to the rolling stock purchase agreements. In addition, ‘The National Train Project’ has been conducted for ‘Made in Turkey’ marks on the rails. Within the context of the project, the National Train Work Group is created for the following issues; the Design and Production of New Generation Freight Wagons, High-Speed Train Set, New Generation Diesel Train Set, and New Generation Electric Train Set.
Here are some of the decisions: TÜLOMSAŞ, TÜVASAŞ and TÜDEMSAŞ that are the subsidiaries of TCDD are going to be positioned as the bearers of the project, all the dynamics of our country are going to be utilized, government agencies and privately held companies especially İTÜ and TÜBİTAK, ASELSAN, HAVELSAN are going to take part in the project as stakeholders.
By means of the National Train Project, indigenousness ratio is going to increase to 85 percent and a contribution in the amount of 2.5 million dollars to economy is going to be provided. The target is to have the national trains on rails in 2018.