Baku-Tblisi-Kars railway was announced to be commissioned at 2017 summer.
There are 13 ports in Turkey with rail connection.
While Turkey’s neighbours step forward in transit rail traffic, Turkey is working on the transit rail freight projects to increase its share of transit traffic in region, which is almost nothing by now.
Although high speed train projects have a considerable share from 2017 railway investment budget of TL 8 bn (over € 2 bn), the development will be far behind the targets.
The infrastructure operator TCDD will charge train operators for delays and cancellations.
The process for allocation of train slots to train operators will start tomorrow.
Fare for accessing Turkish railway network starts from 2 TL/km.
Another critical step is taken today. TCDD published the network statement for 2017.
22.5 axle load limit becomes widespread in Turkey.
The gradients in railways are important, since they may kill the efficiency.
The electrificaton works on Konya-Karaman railway has started with a ceremony at Karaman yesterday.
The deadline for standardizing level crossings extended for 2 more years.
An important step has taken in electrification of Izmir-Balikesir railway: Electric is given to wires for test.
Europe and Asia will be connected by rail for the second time after Marmaray with this project.
The little city of Akhalkalaki of Georgia will play a critical role on the success of Baku Tbilisi Kars railway project which Turkey and Azerbaijan give such a big importance. But is this city the right choice?