Turkey says no more delay on Istanbul-Eskisehir railway opening

Turkish Transportation Minister Yildirim said that Turkey was planning to open Istanbul-Eskisehir railway in 2013.

Turkey says no more delay on Istanbul-Eskisehir railway opening

 

Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday that Turkey was planning to open Istanbul-Eskisehir railway in 2013.

"This project is the first and an important cooperation between Turkey and China. If any problem occurs in this project, it will have a negative impact on the other projects," Yildirim said while speaking at a visit to China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) the lead partner of the consortium constructing Eskisehir Kosekoy section of the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed train's railway.

"This railway can not endure a second delay," Yildirim said, adding that this project was tendered in 2006 but started with two years delay because of legal process.

Yildirim thanked to 730 million USD loan provided by the Chinese government for the project.

Yildirim said Turkey was eager to double the current 11,000 km railway till 2023, "railway connection between Turkey and China should be strengthened. If we manage to put Historic Silk Road to into practice again, we may reduce the time in marine shipping," he said.

Turkish minister said Istanbul-Almaty railway route could be extended to Urumqi and proposed to work on the project.

CRCC President Guorui Li said his company was eager to assume high-speed train railway of Ankara-Sivas, Yozgat-Sivas, Edirne-Halkalı, Bursa-Osmaneli CRCC is a gigantic state-owned National Grade-1 main contracting enterprise group. CRCC was founded in 1949 and ranks 485th in the Fortune Global 500 list.

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