Turkey’s new high speed train network to boost economy

Istanbul, 26 November 2012 – By 2023 Turkey is expected to have 10,000 kilometres of high speed track out of the country’s total of 25,000 kilometres. Speaking recently Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Communication, said  “The high-speed train lines that will connect four major cities Ankara to Istanbul, Ankara to Izmir and Ankara to Bursa will carry more than 30 million passengers a year, while their contribution to the economy will exceed USD 800 million annually”. Referring to the Istanbul to Ankara line Yildirim said “We will open this project, which will decrease the travel time between the two cities to three hours, simultaneously with Marmaray on September 30, 2013”. According to Yildirim the new high speed rail network will make a significant contribution to economic, social and cultural development in turkey“>Turkey. Source: Invest inTurkey