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Turkey to increase high-speed train services by 30%

From September 10, the capacity of the high-speed lines connecting Istanbul, Ankara and Konya will increase by 5,200 passengers.

The Turkish Minister of Transport, Adil Karaismailoğlu, has announced the Turkish government’s plans to increase the number of high-speed trains in response to the increased demand for this service, as well as the opening of new high-speed routes in the country.

As explained by Karaismailoğlu, the capacity of the high-speed lines will increase by 5,200 passengers as of September 10, going from 44 to 56 services; in this way, the high-speed line between Ankara and Istanbul will have 24 services, while the route between Konya and Istanbul will increase to 10, and the line between Konya and Ankara will have 14 connections.

High-speed trains currently serve about 20,000 passengers a day. Once the number of services has been increased, passenger capacity will increase by 31% to exceed 25,000 passengers”, explained the minister, who also announced the start of a new route between Istanbul and Eskişehir.

As part of Turkey’s transport and logistics strategy, which sets targets for the year 2053, the Turkish government wants the number of provinces connected by high-speed train to rise from the current 8 to 52, Karaismailoğlu said, stressing that the executive’s plans include boosting high-speed passenger and cargo capacity, increasing investments in the railway network over the next few years.