Turkey's state railways to launch new high-speed line

TCDD will use 12 high-speed train sets with a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour.

Turkey's state railways to launch new high-speed line

Turkish State Railways, or TCDD, will make public the launch of a new high-speed rail line which will connect Turkish capital Ankara to central Konya province.

The 250-km new line will be put into service later this month, TCDD officials said.

Test-run of the 1 billion TL Ankara-Konya high-speed rail line was conducted in June. TCDD will use 12 high-speed train sets with a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour. TCDD will procure 6 more sets with up to 350 kilometers per hour.

Journey time between the two cities will be 1 and a half hours.

TCDD officials promised cheaper promotional tickets at the beginning of the new service.

Turkey started high-speed railway projects in 2003. The first section, between Ankara and Eskisehir, was inaugurated in 2009. It is a part of the 533 km Istanbul-Ankara high-speed rail line.

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