World Bulletin / News Desk
The opening of Turkey's high-speed train service from the capital Ankara to its biggest city Istanbul has been delayed for a second time after the country's Transport Minister fell ill.
The opening of the line, which was posponed in May after signaling cables cut and stolen, will cut the journey time between the two cities to three and a half hours. It currently takes around six hours by road.
The opening was delayed until July 5 in a ceremony, but this too was delayed after Transport Minister Lufti Elvan became ill.
The long-awaited high-speed railway line between Turkey's capital Ankara and Istanbul will be opened on July 11, Elvan said.
There are currently two high-speed rail lines in Turkey; between the cities of Ankara, Konya and Ankara-Eskisehir, all central Anatolian provinces.
There will be 10 stops on the line, Ankara, Polatli, Eskisehir, Bozuyuk, Bilecik, Pamukova, Sapanca, Izmit, Gebze and Pendik.
A test run of the railway line was successfully completed said Elvan.
Turkish State Railways had announced in January that it would invest almost half of its 2014 budget (1.8 billion liras) in high-speed trains, as part of a wide array of construction projects planned for Turkey's founding anniversary in 2023.Last Mod: 04 Temmuz 2014, 00:25