Siemens Velaro at Konya Station

What Will Happen in 2016?

Here are highlights from what will happen in Turkish railways this year:

New High Speed Train Sets Are Coming

The remaining 6 Siemens Velaro sets of 7 ordered by TCDD will start to be delivered this year. The number of high speed train services will be increased as soon as they put into operation (see TCDD Prefers Velaro as HST Sets).

Construction Works to Start in Marmaray

As problems solved with the contractor, we’ll see construction works will start at Marmaray. Deadline was announced as the end of 2017, but it would not be suprising to see suburban service at Pendik-Gebze section this year (see Completion of Marmaray in 2018).

TCDD Tasimacilik AS to Kick Off

Liberalization will kick off this year after publishing of a few remaining legislation. TCDD Tasimacilik AS, the subsidiary of TCDD to run as train operator will start operations (see New Organization Chart of TCDD Tasimacilik AS).

Licences in Railway

Licences will be needed in railway business. Train operators, forwarders, terminal service operators, agencies will need to pay for and get licence to work (see Liberalization of Railway Companies – Railway Companies)

Ankara High Speed Train Station
Ankara High Speed Train Station. Photo: TÜBİTAK

Ankara High Speed Train Station to Open

The first high speed train station of Turkey built with build-operate-transfer method will )open this year in Ankara (see Ankara HST Station to Open in July 2016).

New Van Ferry to Start

One of the two Van Lake ferries which made its first trial run last week will start operation. This fast and big ferry will help the bottleneck in Van Lake (see New Van Ferry on Test Sail).

Konya Karaman Railway to End

Ground works and track laying is almost completed on Konya-Karaman railway, and passenger trains are expected to run in early 2016. High speed trains will wait for completion of electrification and signalization (see Last Status of Konya-Karaman Railway).

Nemrut Bay Railway to Open

The construction works for the railway connecting ports and plants in/around Nemrut Bay to national rail network will start just after the tender at the beginning of 2016. Project is expected to be completed in this year (see Nemrut Bay Railway Tender in January).

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway to Open

Expectations about Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway which will connect Turkey to Central Asia via Georgia and Azerbaijan are now bigger after political crisis with Russia. The construction works managed by Turkey is expected to be completed and trials runs to startt within this year (see Opening of Baku-Tblisi-Kars Not Before 2016).

Photo: Demuhder ©

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