After ceremony for commissioning of Konya-Karaman HST line, further details have become clear.
3 daily HST services to Karaman
As line opens for HSTs, two Ankara-Konya and one Istanbul-Konya HST services started to continue until Karaman. 3 trains also run in opposite direction. Departure times are as follows:
Konya-Karaman in 50 minutes
Konya-Karaman line was build for a speed of 200 km/h. 102 km-long line was planned to be completed in 35 minutes. Yesterday, 40 minutes of travel time was stated in ceremony. Now, in TCDDT system, travel time appears as 50 minutes.
Ankara-Karaman HSTs have a travel time of 2:50 hours where Istanbul-Karaman has 6:00.
Trains again at Cumra
There are four stations between Konya and Karaman. HSTs will call at only one station: Cumra. Cumra is 12 km away from Catalhoyuk ruins which was built 9000 years ago.
As line opens for HSTs, a suspended main line train also started service: Toros Express. The train is a daily service between Adana and Konya. Travel time is 6:30 hours. Toros Express is the only train calling at all four stations between Konya and Karaman.
Free for 1 week
Konya-Karaman is announced to be free of charge for 1 week. Passengers will pay 52.5 TL for Ankara-Karaman and 143.5 TL for Istanbul (S.Cesme)-Karaman, no fare for Konya-Karaman.
Regional service continues
Konya-Karaman regional train continues its service with 4 departures per day in each direction. Thus, passengers can use HSTs that ending service at Konya together with regional trains for Karaman. Service is currently being given by DMUs. As Turasas’ new electric sets enters TCDDT fleet, EMUs are expected to be used on this line in the future.
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