The head of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) said on Thursday that Turkey desired to get its share of the transportation capacity between Europe and Asia.
Speaking at a meeting of South-East Europe Railways Group (SERG) in Istanbul, TCDD's Director General Suleyman Karaman said Turkey realized remarkable railway projects in recent years.
"Marmaray project which connects the two continents, high-speed train service to begin on Ankara-Istanbul and Ankara-Konya routes, construction of a new railway between Turkey and Bulgaria, as well as the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway line are some these projects," Karaman said.
Karaman said that the railway transportation between Europe, Middle East, Central Asia and China would be conducted through Turkey upon the completion of such projects.
"The transportation capacity between Europe and Asia reaches 75 billion USD annually. Turkey wants to get its share from such figure. If Turkey could get a 5-10 percent share, such a development would contribute to the improvement of the railway service in the country," Karaman also said.
South-East Europe Railways Group (SERG) is a Special Group within the International Union of Railways (UIC), established in July of 1989, in Belgrade.
The group aims at the development of railway transport in the southeast Europe and improvement of railway connections with other parts of European and Asian transport markets.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2008, 16:41