Eurasia Rail - 6th International Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition (Eurasia Rail) was opened by Mr. Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications in Istanbul Fair Center on 3rd March 2016.
“ALL LINES WILL BE ELECTRIFIED AND SIGNALLED”
Mr. Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, explained that “When we look at the last 10 years, 10.000 km of 11.000 km line is completely renewed. Our goal is to make all lines as electrified and signalled in the next 8-10 years.”
Mr. Yıldırım expressed that the situation of the infrastructure was not well in Turkey in 2003 and the country was obliged to take the burden of the railways due to negligences for many years whereas the railway network of 11.000 km, which didn’t have substantially infrastructure since 1951, had to take the burden of the country and indicated that there are many works to be done for the infrastructure.
Mr. Yıldırım explained that firstly the construction of the high speed lines is started by decisive policy and projects, it is aimed to revise the untouched infrastructure, make the lines as signalled, increase the amount of electrification and renew the existing infrastructure completely, 10.000 km of 11.000 km line is completely renewed in the last 10 years, it is aimed to make all lines as electrified and signalled in the next 8-10 years.
Mr Yıldırım continued his words by saying that “As Turkey, we have an assertive and decisive program both for local content and nationalization. Our goal in this program is to bring together the technologies of the advanced countries and the countries in need of these technologies. Thus, the structure having a reasonable level for the products will be provided for the brotherhood, peace and wellness of the humanity in order to develop the sector.”
Mr. Yıldırım expressed that the conferences of “Railway Regulation”, “Urban Rail Systems”, “The Improvements of Railway Vehicles”, “Special Subjects in Railways” and “Safety Management System” held during the exhibition, which is the only exhibition in Eurasia region and the biggest 3rd railway exhibition of the world, provide the visitors with the opportunity of listening the important people in the sector and being informed about the latest developments of the sector.
“OUR COUNTRY IS DEVELOPING WITH THE RAILWAYS”
Mr. Ömer Yıldız, Director General of TCDD, stated that the railway sector became one of the most dynamic sectors owing to the big investments by being accepted as a prior state policy since 2003 after it was neglected for many years in our country.
Mr. Yıldız underlined that the biggest contribution in this process is to meet people with High Speed Trains and focused that fast, comfortable and safe journey service is provided between the far cities by commencing the High Speed Train Operation in Ankara, İstanbul, Eskişehir and Konya up to now. He also mentioned that High Speed Railway constructions between Ankara, İzmir, Sivas and Kayseri are rapidly going on.
Mr. Yıldız indicated that railway line of 1805 km, approximately 150 km in 12 years have been constructed, the construction of 3057 km railway line is going on and the line of 10000 km is renewed and continued that “Our country is also developing with the railway projects. The regional differences are reduced, social and cultural life is revived and the employment and competitiveness of the industry are increased.”
Mr. Yıldız also expressed that the construction works of Rapid Lines suitable for the freight and passenger transportation between Bursa-Ankara, Eskişehir-Antalya, Kayseri-Antalya, Konya-Karaman-Mersin-Gaziantep as well as High Speed Lines are going on and he stated that it is aimed to increase the length of the total railway line to 25.000 km by constructing 3500 km high speed, 8500 km rapid and 1000 km conventional railway lines up to 2023.
Eurasia Rail - 6th International Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition (Eurasia Rail), in which 300 domestic and foreign companies and 30 countries participated, was ended on 5th March 2016.