Ankara Istanbul Very High Speed Line Map

Ankara Istanbul Very High Speed Line

Ankara-Istanbul very high speed line is connecting biggest two cities of Turkey by high speed train.

Route

  • 1a : Ankara – Sincan – Polatli – Eskisehir – Bozuyuk
  • 1b : Bozuyuk – Bilecik – Kosekoy (partially conventional line used)
  • 1c : Kosekoy – Izmit – Gebze – Pendik
  • 1d : Pendik – Haydarpasa (closed)

Technical Spects

  • 533 km long
  • Max speed: 250 km/h.
  • Double lines, electrified (25 kV, 50 Hz AC)
  • Current travel time 4 hours. Target is 3 hours.
  • Min radius 3500 m
  • Standart railway gauge (1435 mm)
  • Max gradient 1,6%
  • Max cant 130 mm

Timetable (as of 01.06.2015)

  • Ankara-Istanbul (5 departures in each direction)
  • Ankara-Eskisehir (5 departures in each direction)
  • Ankara-Konya (7 departures in each direction) and Istanbul-Konya (2 departures in each direction) services use this line partially
  • TCDD HST Timetables (Jan 2016)

Ridership (Ankara-Eskisehir)

  • 2009 : 942 341 (Mar-Dec)
  • 2010 : 1 889 666
  • 2011 : 2 149 879
  • 2012 : 1 981 887
  • 2013 : 2 264 364
  • Share of trains increased to 72% in 2013 (8%  in 2008). In the same period, share of buses decreased to 10% (55% before), share of cars decreased to 18% (37% before).
  • Occupancy rate: %76 (2013)

Last Status (as of 01.06.2015)

  • Ankara – Eskisehir section opened in 03.03.2009
  • Eskisehir – Istanbul (Pendik) section opened in 25.07.2014
    • Eskisehir-Bozuyuk section completed
    • Bozuyuk-Kosekoy section partially completed. Trains are using conventional line at Karakoy and Alifuatpasa-Sapanca. Construction works expected to end in 2016.
    • Kosekoy-Gebze section almost completed. Signalization works on-going.
    • Gebze-Pendik section completed to a large extent. 3rd line is to be constructed for Marmaray service.
  • Pendik – Haydarpasa section is closed. To be constructed as a part of Marmaray Project. Construction works stopped. Expected to open in 2017.

Stops

  • Ankara (0 km)
  • Sincan (24 km)
  • Polatli (93 km)
  • Eskisehir (245 km)
  • Bozuyuk (295 km)
  • Bilecik
  • Sapanca (Temporarily Arifiye is being used)
  • Izmit (441  km)
  • Gebze (489 km)
  • Pendik (509 km – temporarily service ends here since the rest of the stretch is not open)
  • Haydarpasa (533 km – railway is under construction – no access to this station yet)

Ownership and Cost

  • TCDD is the owner of the project.
  • Took place in Government Budget in 1994.
  • Project originally was renewal of the line with a budget of USD 237 mn. Project/budget changed first to USD 1.4 bn, then to EUR 2.5 bn. Project is expected to cost TL 9.9 bn (EUR 3.5bn).
  • TL 7.34 bn was spent as of 31.12.2014. Budget of 2015 is TL 651 mn.
  • Target is 9 mn passengers every year.

Rolling Stock

  • CAF train sets
  • Registered as HT65000 in Turkey
  • Based on Renfe Class 120
  • 6 cars, 413 seats
  • Max speed 250 km/h

History

  • 05.12.2003 – Construction works started in first phase (Ankara-Eskisehir)
  • 11.09.2007 – 282 km/h speed achieved in test runs
  • 13.03.2009 – Ankara-Eskisehir section opened
  • 13.03.2009 – Construction works started in second phase (Eskisehir-Istanbul)
  • 13.11.2009 – One HST set derailed while switching to conventional line near Eskisehir
  • 17.05.2014 – Underpass in Eskisehir opened
  • 25.07.2014 – Eskisehir-Istanbul (Pendik) section opened

Map: Onur Uysal

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