World Bulletin / News Desk
The Hejaz Railway, which was destroyed during the first World War, will be brought back to life as a joint venture of four countries.
Hejaz Railway Project, after 100 years, will be switched back to life. As a result of Turkey's decisive efforts, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria will complete the connections in their own countries for the project. Thus, from Mecca and Medina to Europe, uninterrupted transportation will be provided. This project, which will shorthen the travel time between Mecca and Istanbul to one day if completed, it will carry 10 million passengers per year.
Attending an iftar programme at the Turkish-American Businessmen Association (TABA), the Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport Suat Hayri Aka informed the investors about the project.
Aka said, in the context of Hejaz Railway Project, Istanbul-Edirne-speed train line was included in the program, as well as Istanbul-Ankara-Konya-speed line and Konya-Karaman-Adana border rehabilitation project.
"Thus, the Arabian peninsula and Europe will be connected via Turkey by a modern railway, "he said.
According to Aka, Syria and Jordan will start to work in 2010. Saudi Arabia will complete its share of work by 2012.
Turkey: 230 km railway line will be built between Istanbul to Kapıkule that will be appropriate to 250 kilometers per hour speed. Besides High Speed Train project, lines up to the border with Syria will be rehabilitated.
Syria: Aleppo- Ekbez Square line will be improved and completed in 2010. Syria also launched a rehabilitation project for , Aleppo-Damascus line. 201 kilometers of new lines between Der'a-Amman -Damascus will be done in Syria-Jordan partnership. This line will be opened in 2012.
Jordan: The railway line between Amman-Maan will be built.
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh will renew railway lines extending to the Jordanian border. The lines behind Medina that was destroyed during the First World War will be re-made.