Ankara-Izmir very high speed line

All details of Ankara-Izmir very high speed line which is now under construction. 


Polatli (0 km –  İstanbul-Ankara hızlı tren bağlantısı)
Split from Polatli-Konya line (27 km)
Afyonkarahisar (194 km)
Banaz (270 km)
Manisa (535 km)
Menemen (570 km)

Ankara Izmir High Speed Line
Ankara Izmir very high speed line

Technical Spects

570 km
Max speed:  250km/h
Double lines, electrified (25 kV, 50 Hz AC)
Standard railway gauge (1435 mm)
Travel time (planned)
– Ankara-Afyonkarahisar: 1 hr 30 min
– Ankara-Izmir: 2 hr 30 min

Last Status (As of  May 2016)

Polatli-Afyonkarahisar (162 km): Under construction. Started in September 2013. Expected to be completed in 1080 days.
Afyonkarahisar-Banaz (76 km): Tender for engineering works has just completed. Expected to be completed in 36 months.
Banaz-Esme: Next step: Tender for engineering works.
Esme-Salihli: Preliminary analysis continue. Environmental evaluation process restarted in November 2014 due to change in project.
Salihli-Manisa: Preliminary analysis continue.
Manisa-Menemen (35 km): Current single line will be improved to 4 lines. Project is ready. Involved in investment program in 2012. Construction works not started

Stations (Planned)

Polatli – Afyonkarahisar – Usak – Salihli – Turgutlu – Manisa – Menemen (Izmir)

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Ownership and Cost

TCDD is the owner of the project.
Took place in Government Investment Budget in 2007.
TL 243 mn spent until the end of 2015. 2016 budget is TL 633 mn.
Planned to cost TL 4.5 bn (€ 1.5 bn) and completed in 2019 (Manisa-Menemen section is not included in this cost)
Ridership is expected to reach to 6 mn/year.


2007 – Added to investment plans

28 December 2011 – Tender for Polatli-Afyonkarahisar section opened. Sigma-YDA-Makimsan-Burkay consortium was awarded. Offer was TL 714 mn. Contract period 1080 days.

23 February 2012 – Tumas was awarded for preliminary analysis tender for Afyon-Esme section. Contract period 3 months.

May 2012 – Compulsory purchase started for Polatli-Afyonkarahisar section.

25 February 2013 – Protek and Megawas consortium was awarded for preliminary analysis tender for Salihli-Manisa section.

8 March 2013 – SWS was awarded for preliminary analysis tender for Esme-Salihli section.

21 September 2013 – Kick off ceremony of engineering works of Polatli-Afyonkarahisar section.

May 2016 – Tekfen-Dogus consortium was awarded for engineering works of Afyonkarahisar-Banaz section and Afyonkarahisar pass. Offer was TL 879 mn. Contract period 36 months.

August 2016 – Compulsory purchase started for Salihli-Manisa phase. This includes “North Manisa pass” as well.

29 August 2016 – It’s stated that, construction works continue on 132-km of 162-km-long Polatli-Afyon section. Compulsory purchase started on the rest of 30-km section. A completion rate of 26% is achieved until now on Polatli-Afyon section. Commisionning of this section is planned in 2018.

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