There are several railway projects to be commissioned in 2022.
Opening of a couple of projects were postponed in 2021. These projects and some other are all expected to be commisisoned in 2022. Here are them:
Karaman HST in January
Konya-Karaman HST service is announced to start in early January, which was postponed a couple of times since last summer. When services starts, some of the Ankara-Konya and Istanbul-Konya HSTs are expected to continue to Karaman. Currently, regional trains and HST connected buses are running between Konya and Karaman.
Question marks about Sivas HST
Ankara Sivas high speed line was announced to start service in September 2021, but opening was postponed a few days ago before opening. New date has not been announced yet, but high speed train is expected to open this year.
Construction continues in Istanbul Ankara line
One of three sections of Istanbul Ankara high speed line was recently completed and engineering works continue in two others. When these two completed, two progress will be seen: Trains will run with high speed all through Gebze and Ankara which will decrease travel time by half an hour. And new Siemens sets will be able to be used in this line.
No opening in Izmir and Bursa
Engineering works continue in Izmir and Bursa line. Both projects are splitted into a couple of phases, some of which have high completion rates about ground works. However, laying of rails, electrification and signalization are hard steps to be completed, and have not started yet. No opening on these lines.
Cappadocia Express to launch in 2022
The first private domestic train service, Cappadocia Express was announced in first quarter of 2021. Target for start of service was February 2022. The train will be operated by a new operator, with its own loco, coaches and team. The train is expected to start in 2022.
New touristic lines on way
Touristic Dogu Express had restarted on 15th of December. This new train, developed in cooperation with Ministry of Tourism, became succesful and inspired new routes, some of which were announced. If demand for Touristic Dogu Express continues, new routes may start in 2022.
International passenger trains depend on pandemic
The Istanbul-Sofia (Sofia Express) and Ankara-Tehran (Transasia Express) trains that were suspended due to Covid-19 and Ankara-Baku train that was getting prepared for start are waiting pandemic to be overcome both in Turkey and in related countries. New variant which is spreading very fast in whole world may postpone the hopes of a start in 2022.
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