Since the first day we took office as a government, we acted with the fact that the transportation infrastructure is the most basic element that develops and transforms all living spaces.
Because human beings have entered into a new economic, social and cultural relationships following every development in transportation, from the invention of the wheel to the discovery of the locomotive, from the first production of the automobile to the aircraft technology. At this point, we have invested over 776.6 billion lira in transportation and access infrastructure during our 17 years in office. However, we attached importance to railways not only because of their contribution to the national economy and social life. Our railways have a meaning beyond these in our land. Let me even say that the beginning of the construction of the İzmir-Aydın line on September 23, 1856, was the turning point in the social, cultural and economic shaping of the Anatolian geography by changing its climate.
With the awareness of the importance of railways for our country, we made railways into state policy in 2003. We waited so long for the black train, but now it’s time to accelerate. We have renewed all of the railways that have not been touched for centuries, we had them signaled and electrified. We introduced our country to High Speed Train in 2009. Thus, we have ensured that our citizens catch the train that had been missed for the last 60 years thanks to YHT. In the second quarter of this year, we will open the Ankara-Sivas High-Speed Train line and connect Sivas to the capital at a high speed. We didn’t just stop at the high-speed train. We have launched a new activity area for our citizens by launching the Bosphorus Express and the Lakes Express, as well as the Touristic Eastern Express, which is among the most beautiful railway travel routes in the world.
Based on the expectations of our citizens from the railway, we will continue our investments without slowing down.
Have a nice trip.
M. Cahit TURHAN
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure