Ankara high speed train station project

The new high speed train station under construction next to Ankara main train station.

Project owner: Turkish State Railways (TCDD)

Project scope

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 conventional trains (4 lines) and suburban trains (2 lines) can easily reach to high speed train station.

Together with the two lines for freight trains, there’ll be 14 lines in the station area.

The station is being built by BOT method (build-operate-transfer). Contractor will operate the station during 19 years 7 months.

Target commission date: September 2016

Location: Next to Ankara main train station

Contractor: Cengiz – Limak – Kolin consortium

Project area: 21 600 sqm (178 000 sqm covered area)

Project cost: USD 235 mn

Project targets:

  • 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.
  • Station will be visited by 120k people at the beginning. It’ll be doubled by new HST lines.
  • 250 high speed, passenger, suburban and freight trains will call/pass station area.
  • Signalling system of station is being developed by Tübitak Bilgem.
New Ankara Train Station to open in summer


City connections

  • Ankara suburban trains will call at station (see Başkentray projesi).
  • Connected with Ankaray through pedestrian tunnel.
  • M4 metro will call at station (under construction).
How to Get to High Speed Train in Ankara?


  • 2006 – Project announced.
  • September 2008 – City plan changes covering new project stopped by court.
  • 10 April 2009 – City plan changed accordingly.
  • May 2010 – High speed train project approved.
  • 20 January 2011 – Tender opened.
  • February 2011 – Tender postponed first to 22nd of February, then to 2nd of March.
  • 2 March 2011- Tender done. Two consortiums gave offers.
  • July 2011 – Tender cancelled.
  • 17 July 2012 – Tender announced. And postponed.
  • 28 August 2012 – Tender done again. Only offer from Cengiz-Limak-Kolin consortium. Built by build-operate-transfer method. Operation time: 19 years 7 months.
  • May 2013 – Offer approved.
  • 2 October 2013 – Contract inked with Cengiz-Limak-Kolin consortium.
  • 2014 – Construction works started.
  • December 2015 – Opening date announced as May 2016.
  • March 2016 – 86% completion rate announced.
  • 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.
  • August 2016 – 99.5% completion rate announced.

Cover Photo: Jeff Hawken ©

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