As Turkey accepted the European standards and Turkish wagon industry focused on international market, companies faced an important and “expensive” step: Certification and inspection.
The China-Turkey-Europe train passed through Ankara, which kept closed to freight traffic for a long time.
Two new trains restarted in 2019, Ankara and Goller expresses are welcomed by travellers. However there are disappoinments as well.
Preparations for freight trains to cross Bosphorus via Marmaray tunnel is completed.
Goller Express, the Izmir-Isparta train, will start service on 25th of October, 2019.
TCDD Tasimacilik increased domestic rail freight tariff to be valid from today.
The new investment of Volkswagen in Turkey has carried the “freight trains through Marmaray” topic to top.
Tekirdag Derince rail ferry which connects Europe and Asia for freight trains will stop service for 15 days.
The start of Baku Ankara overnight train service is postponed.
Though rail freight increased in last two years after liberalization, it’s still far from meeting expectations.