TCDD is working on two new freight terminals in Turkey’s one of the most important industrial region Gebze.
In the “Future of Railway” panel organized at Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, TCDD officer from Istanbul Region stated that they are working on two new freight terminals in Gebze, to connect Turkey’s one of the most important industrial region by rail.
Two freight terminals are told to be planned in Muallimkoy and Tavsancil. Due to limited space around railway, both terminals will be constructed on sea by reclamation. The officer told that approval process for reclamation continues.
Railway is passing through Turkey’s one of the most important industry region Gebze, but there is not any rail connection nor freight terminal for the usage of industry on that area. For this reason, the share of Marmara Region in rail freight is only 2%. The rail loads have to cross Bosphorus Bridge to Halkali or Cerkezkoy for Europe, and have to use Kosekoy Terminal for East, all by trucks.
The TCDD officer says that preliminary analysis continue for these two terminals and completion of approvals and construction will not take so long. However, those two terminals are still not stated in TCDD’s 20 logistics centers planned all over Turkey.
The project was first proposed by Atilla Yildiztekin in 2012.