Turkey plans to launch high-speed train service in Anatolia

Turkey will launch its first high-speed train in March, Turkey's Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said.

Turkey plans to launch high-speed train service in Anatolia

The Turkish government is planning to launch high-speed train service into the Central Anatolian Region, the prime minister said on Friday.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government was planning to launch high-speed train voyages between the capital Ankara and central Anatolian city of Sivas.

"The project aims to reduce the train voyage between Ankara and Sivas to two and a half hours," Erdogan told a gathering in Sivas.

Erdogan said that the tender was held last year, and the government aimed to complete the project at the end of 2010.

Turkey will launch its first high-speed train in March, Turkey's Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

Yildirim said that the high-speed train voyage between capital Ankara and central Anatolian city of Eskisehir would be launched on March 13.

Turkey started building high-speed rail lines in 2003. The project will link capital Ankara to Istanbul. The first phase of the project was the line between Ankara and Eskisehir. High-speed train will lower the 180-minute train travel from Ankara to Eskisehir to 70 minutes.

When Ankara-Istanbul High Speed Train Project is completed, a double-line, electrified, and signaled railroad appropriate for 250 km/h speed between two major cities will be constructed. The travel time between Ankara and Istanbul, which is currently 6 hours and 30 minutes, will be 2 hours and 30 minutes between Ankara and Gebze and 3 hours between Ankara and Istanbul.

The Turkish State Railways Administration (TCDD) purchased first high-speed train sets, with a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour, from Spain's CAF company in 2007.

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