The engineering works have restarted at Marmaray after three years.
The works have mainly focused on reconstruction of stations and continues at both European side (Atakoy, Zeytinburnu) and Asian side (Kartal, Bostanci, Kiziltoprak). The construction works at Selamicesme bridge will start by today, which will be replaced by an underpass.
As mentioned in Rail Turkey 4 months ago, Turkish contractors were included in the project. Kalyon-Kolin-Cengis consortium has started working for this project by the beginning of this year. KKC Marmaray staff started to be seen in construction areas.
The second phase of the Marmaray Project, renewal of the suburban lines, had almost stopped due to the disagreement between TCDD and contractor. Transport Minister Mr Arslan had given speech about this problem and stated that the project will be completed by the extraordinary press of the goverment.
The new deadline of the Marmaray Project is announced as 2018. By completion of Marmaray Project, continious suburban service between Gebze and Halkali, continious freight train service between Asia and Europe and high speed train service to Haydarpasa (the city center at Asian side) will start.
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