323 - Yerköy Yozgat Sivas demiryolu

Ankara-Sivas very high speed line

The scope, route, stops, phases and history of Ankara-Sivas very high speed line under construction:

Project details

Owner: Turkish State Railways
Project cost: TL 2.8 bn
Contractor: China Major Bridge Engineering – Cengiz – Limak – Kolin (Yerköy-Sivas), Kolin-Cengiz-Limak-Mapa (Kırıkkale-Yerköy), Doğuş (Elmadağ viaducts)

Target commission date: 2018

  • 1st phase: Yerköy-Sivas (253 km)
  • 2nd phase: Kırıkkale-Yerköy (79 km)
  • 3rd phase: Kayaş-Kırıkkale (62 km)
  • 4th phase: Ankara-Kayaş (12 km)

323 - Ankara Sivas yüksek hızlı tren hattı - TCDD

Project details

The line starts from Ankara. Only passenger trains will run upto 250 km/h on this double-lane, electrified rail. Line has 7 tunnels 9.5-km-long and 6 viaducts 3.5-km-long.

Line length: 406 km
Travel time: Ankara-Sivas: 120 İstanbul-Sivas:300 min


Ankara – Kayaş – Elmadağ – Irmak – Yahşihan – Kırıkkale – Balışeyh – Sekili – Yerköy – Yozgat – Sorgun – Doğankent – Yavu – Yıldızeli – Kalın – Sivas

  • 2004: Route survey started.
  • May 2008: Tender for groundwork of Yerkoy-Sivas section done. Best offer is USD 839 mn (China Major Bridge Engineering – Cengiz – Limak – Kolin).
  • Sep 2012: Offers given for Kayas-Kirikkale section (best offer is TL 675 mn TL).
  • Jan 2016: Kolin-Cengiz-Limak-Mapa awarded for groundwork of Kirikkale -Yerkoy section (TL 398 mn).
  • Feb 2014: Contract inked with Dogus Insaat for Elmadag viaducts.
  • April 2014: Tender opened for groundwork of Kayas-Elmadag and Elmadag-Kirikkale sections.
  • Feb 2015: Route of railway in Sivas city center changed.
  • Sep 2015: Offers given for groundwork of Kayas-Elmadag ve Elmadag-Kirikkale sections.

Cover Photo: Cengiz İnşaat ©

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

One comment

  1. Interesting that the Ankara-Kayaş section is to be part of the Başkentray project BUT why wasn’t any work done on this project when the Ankara Banliyö was shut long for a very long period a few years ago? A perfect opportunity wasted. Now travellers will have to be inconvnienced once again.

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