Although railway projects had a fund of TL 7bn this year, many projects will not be able to be commissioned this year. Here are the projects that will progress this year, but not be commissioned.
|Progress by end of 2015||Progress in 2016||Target date|
|Ankara-Sivas high speed line||88%||11%||2018|
|Kemalpaşa Logistics Center||76%||12%||2017|
|Ankara-İstanbul high speed line||71%||5%||2018|
|Konya-Karaman 2nd track||53%||15%||2018|
|Samsun-Kalin renewal/ signalization||23%||40%||2017|
|Bursa-Osmaneli high speed line||46%||8%||2019|
|Tepekoy-Selcuk 2nd track, electrification/ signalization||14%||15%||2017|
|Ankara-Izmir high speed line||5%||14%||2019|
Ankara-Sivas high speed train is expected to reach to 99% progress rate (according to budget) by the end of this year. An opening by the end of this year will not be surprising, but it’s more likely that first train will run next year.
|Projects to be commissioned this year|
Another “looking forward” project is Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, which is announced to be commissioned by the end of this year. Progress rate will reach to 97%, which probably means first commercial train will run next year.
|Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project in 10 questions|
Marmaray, another important project under public attention, seems to get enough fund to be commissioned next year.
|Frequently asked questions about Marmaray Project|
Surprisingly, Konya-Karaman high speed train project got limited fund, which means electrification and signalization works will take not only this year, but at least next year as well.
Istanbul-Ankara, Bursa-Osmaneli and Ankara-Izmir high speed train lines will not progress fast this year either.
Cover Photo: Jeff Hawken ©