626 - Ankara HST Station - Jeff Hawken

Ankara high speed train station project

The scope, location, connections, targets and history of Ankara high speed train station which was constructed next to Ankara train station and was recently commissioned:

Project details

Owner: TCDD
Project cost: USD 235 mn
Contractor: Cengiz – Limak – Kolin
Commission date: 29 Ekim 2016

Project details

Station is being built on 21 600 sqm area. It’ll have 178 bin sqm covered area in total. The new main station for high speed trains at Ankara. In addition to TCDD offices and service areas, there’ll be hotel, commercial areas, shopping mall, car park with 2500 car capacity, banks, VIP/CIP lounges at the station. There’ll be 3 platforms, and 6 lines in station where 12 trains can stop at the same time. Ankara high speed train station will be integrated with Ankara main train station. Thus, passengers of other passenger trains and suburban trains can easily reach to high speed train station. The station is being built by BOT method (build-operate-transfer). Contractor will operate the station during 19 years 7 months.


Ankara suburban trains will call at station. Connected with Ankaray through pedestrian tunnel. M4 metro will call at station (under construction).


Station will be used by 20k passengers every day at the beginning. By opening of Sivas, Izmir and Bursa high speed train lines, daily passengers will reach to 50k. 250 high speed, passenger, suburban and freight trains will call/pass station area.

  • 2006 – Project announced.
  • May 2010 – High speed train project approved.
  • 20 January 2011 – Tender opened.
  • July 2011 – Tender cancelled after being postponed two times and finally offers of two consortiums  were received.
  • 28 August 2012 – Tender opened. Only offer from Cengiz-Limak-Kolin consortium. Built by build-operate-transfer method. Operation time: 19 years 7 months.
  • 2 October 2013 – Contract inked with Cengiz-Limak-Kolin consortium.
  • 11 July 2016 – Baskentray project started where high speed train station is in the middle. During project, only high speed trains and a few suburban trains will reach to station area. Construction works will last 1.5 year.
  • 29 October 2016 – Station commissioned.

Cover Photo: Jeff Hawken ©

Written by Onur Uysal

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

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