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Turkey wants to expand its railway network by 30% by 2023

Turkey has invested heavily in its state rail network this century, with modernisation of trains and railways and big investments in high speed.

Turkey wants to expand its railway network to 16,775 kilometres by 2023, the date of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Republic: a figure that represents 30% more than the length of the railway network of the Eurasian country, which currently reaches an extension of 12,803 kilometres.

Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismailoğlu, said this during statements to journalists made on Saturday during a ceremony organised in the Yozgat province, in Central Anatolia. The minister also highlighted the significant investments in the state railway network made this century, with the modernisation of trains and railways and heavy investments in high speed.

Karaismailoğlu, who stressed that Turkey is making significant efforts to develop its own technology to modernise its railway network, also referred to the Belt and Road Initiative, a project that includes a rail connection between China and Europe reviving the ancient Silk Road (which is why it is sometimes called the New Silk Road), and in which Turkey plays a key role connecting Europe and Asia.