Sea and land connected in Turkey's Marmaray project

Yildirim said the Marmaray project had come to a new stage with the integration of the Yavuz Tunnel, coming from the Uskudar Train Station, with a tunnel under water.

Sea and land connected in Turkey's Marmaray project

Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said Sunday the Marmaray project had come to a new stage with the integration of the Yavuz Tunnel, coming from the Uskudar Train Station, with a tunnel under water.

In a ceremony held to officially integrate the tunnels, Binali Yildirim said that 50 percent of the land and under water tunnels, measuring a total of 13.6 kilometers, have been completed in the Marmaray project.

The Marmaray tunnel is an undersea rail tunnel being constructed to link the European and Asian sections of Istanbul, running under the Bosphorus Strait. When completed, it will be the world's deepest undersea immersed tube tunnel. The name 'Marmaray' (Marmarail) comes from combining the name of the Sea of Marmara, which lies just south of the project site, with 'ray', the Turkish word for 'rail'.

The Marmaray Project provides an upgrading of the commuter rail system in Istanbul, connecting Halkali on the European side with Gebze on the Asian side with an uninterrupted, modern, high-capacity commuter rail system. The entire upgraded and new railway system will be approximately 76 km long.

The foundation for the Marmaray line was laid by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 9, 2004, and construction is being carried out by DHL, Japanese contractor Taisei Corporation and Turkish firm Gama-Nurol.


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