Europe and Asia will be connected by rail for the second time after Marmaray with this project.
Enriched on 13.02.2021 with up-to-date information
Two continents are planned to connect by rail via the new bridge on Bosphorus. This will be an alternative to Marmaray, connecting Gebze to Sabiha Gokcen and Istanbul airports in two sides of Istanbul. The line will end at Halkali.
With a change in plans, the 124-km-long Gebze-Sabiha Gokcen Airport-Istanbul Airport-Halkali project is updated as 213 km long project reaching to Adapazari in east. The cost of project is tripled with this change.
Gebze to Halkali in 60 minutes
With this project, the travel time between Adapazari and Halkali will drop from 2:40 hrs to 1:30 hrs and between Gebze and Halkali from 2 hours to 1 hour. Access to Istanbul Airport from Asian side will be much easier. The transfers between two airports will be very easy and fast.
When line is completed, the HSTs heading to Halkali will use this line. There’ll be train service between two airports.
Project needs external fund
The preliminary analysis was completed for the line. It’s expected to cost 36 billion TL (€ 4.3 bn). 30 bn of that is expected to be funded by external credits. Engineering works have not started yet (as of 2021).
Freight trains can use the line
This line will be constructed as “high standard line”, not “high speed line”, which means freight trains can use the line.
Freight trains can only pass through Marmaray during night, so there’s limited capacity for them. Dangerous goods are not allowed to tunnel. This project may overcome some of these restrictions.
This line will have a connection to Halkali-Kapikule high speed line at Catalca. Thus, trains coming from Asian side may lead directly towards Europe directly.
Strong metro connections
There will be several metro connections to this line. Marmaray, Halkali-Kirazli metro and Istanbul Airport metro at Halkali, Kadikoy metro at Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Darica metro at Gebze.
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