Istanbul metro line

Istanbul to have two new metro lines

One of the new metro lines will connect Beylikdüzü, on the European side of Istanbul, with Sabiha Gökçen Airport in just one hour.

Istanbul will have two new metro lines, and one of them will cross the Bosphorus Strait connecting the European side of the city with the Asian airport of Sabiha Gökçen, according to Turkish media.

One of the new lines, called HIZRAY, will link Beylikdüzü – a district on the outskirts of Istanbul’s European side – with the Asian district of Pendik, where Sabiha Gökçen is located, covering a total distance of 72 kilometres and reducing travel time between both destinations to just one hour away, according to the website of the Turkish news network NTV.

The decision to build the new metro line, which will reach a speed of up to 80 kilometres per hour, would have been adopted on Monday during a meeting of the Istanbul Metropolitan City Council, whose mayor, Ekrem Imamoğlu, has bet on the railway systems and on especially on the subway as the main component of public transport in this metropolis, whose population is close to 16 million inhabitants.

Another of the new metro lines that Istanbul will have will be the one that will make the Beylikdüzü-Esenyurt-Sefaköy-İncirli route, whose works – like those of the aforementioned line – will go out to public competition this year. In addition, the funicular that will link Rumeli Hisarı and Aşiyan is also scheduled to open in the coming months, and there are plans to build another two that will connect İTÜ-İstinye and Altunizade-Beylerbeyi.