Ankara-Istanbul very high speed line is connecting biggest two cities of Turkey by high speed train.
- 1a : Ankara – Sincan – Polatli – Eskisehir – Bozuyuk
- 1b : Bozuyuk – Bilecik – Kosekoy (partially conventional line used)
- 1c : Kosekoy – Izmit – Gebze – Pendik
- 1d : Pendik – Haydarpasa (under construction)
- 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
- Standard 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 2017)
- 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.
- Ankara (0 km)
- Sincan (24 km)
- Polatli (93 km)
- Eskisehir (245 km)
- Bozuyuk (295 km)
- 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.
- CAF train sets
- Registered as HT65000 in Turkey
- Based on Renfe Class 120
- 6 cars, 413 seats
- Max speed 250 km/h
- 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
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