High-speed train to begin passenger test in Turkey

Turkish minister said high-speed train fares between Ankara and Konya was planned to be launched in 2010.

High-speed train to begin passenger test in Turkey

Turkish Transportation Minister Binal Yildirim said Monday high-speed train between the Turkish capital, Ankara, and Eskisehir was set to begin passenger test run by the end of February the latest.

Yildirim said high-speed train fares between Ankara and Konya was planned to be launched in 2010, which would be followed by fares between Ankara and Sivas.

The transportation minister said Turkey had received 2 high-speed train sets so far, adding that 10 others were set to be delivered by the end of 2009.

Yildirim also said that the rate of traffic accidents dropped 64 percent, death rate decreased 89 percent, rate of injuries fell 73 percent and financial damage rate dropped 65 percent in 2008.

Regarding air transportation, Yildirim said that the number of passengers carried by airways exceeded 74 million in 2008, adding that new terminal buildings would be constructed in airports in Hatay (southern), Kayseri (central Anatolian), Erzincan (eastern), Sivas (central Anatolian), Batman (eastern) and Kars (eastern) provinces in 2009. Yildirim said that airports would be built in the southeastern provinces of Bingol, Igdir, Hakkari and Sirnak this year.

Regarding maritime sector, Yildirim said that 150 million passengers and 8 million vehicles were carried by seaway in 2008, adding that the rate of passenger transportation increased 50 percent and vehicle transportation rose 71 percent last year.

He said that the number of shipyards, which was 37 in 2002, increased to 92 in 2008. He added that Turkey increased from 23rd rank to 5th rank in ship construction in the world.

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