Bursa Osmaneli high speed line will provide rail access to Bursa and HST service to Bursa and Bandirma.
Enriched on 13.02.2021 with up-to-date information
201-km-long high standard railway will split from Istanbul-Ankara high speed line at Osmaneli and will go through Yenisehir, Bursa and reach to Bandirma. Bursa will have a rail access for the first time where Bandirma will have second rail connection.
Construction goes slowly
Grounding works started in 2012, making this project the slowest one among all high speed line projects. Only infrastructure of Bursa-Yenikoy section could be completed. 20% project improvement had been reached by the end of 2020.
Bandirma-Bursa section has never started, considered as 2nd phase for the long term. In the new tender opened in 2020, this section was also covered. So the line length will be 201 km again.
Ankara and Istanbul in 135 minutes
Currently, HST passengers are carried with with connected bus services to Eskisehir from Bursa. As this new line is completed, there will be direct train services to Ankara and Istanbul. The travel time will be 135 minutes to both cities. Though bus will still be faster, trains are expected to be prefered for its confort and easy access.
Both passenger and freight trains
This is not a high speed line, a high standard line allowing maximum speed of 200 km/h. The line will be connected to Nilufer and Bursa industrial regions and Renault plant with a 12 km long branch line. Direct container and car trains will be possible from Bursa to Europe.
Kalyon to complete the project
Anew tender was opened in 2020 for remaining works of Yenisehir-Osmaneli section, all works of Bursa-Bandirma section and superstructure of whole line. Kalyon was awarded. Offer was 9.5 bn TL. Bursa-Osmaneli section has the priority. First train is expected to reach Bursa in 2023.
Cover photo: Cengiz İnşaat ©
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