In his statement, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu stated that with the completion of the Ankara-İzmir High Speed Train Project, the distance from 824 kilometers with the existing railway connection will be reduced to 624 kilometers.
“More than 7 million of our people will meet directly with the comfort of high speed train”
Pointing out that with the project, the travel time on the Ankara-İzmir route from 14 hours will be reduced to 3 hours and 30 minutes, Minister Uraloğlu said:
“With 9 stations, more than 7 million of our people living in Afyonkarahisar, Uşak, Manisa and İzmir provinces will directly meet with the comfort of high-speed trains. Considering the interaction with surrounding provinces such as Kütahya, the population benefiting from the high-speed train service will increase even more. It will increase the trade volume in the region by bringing İzmir, the largest city, and the provinces of Manisa, Uşak and Afyonkarahisar on the route closer to Ankara.”
Uraloğlu stated that the line, which is planned to be completed in 2028, will be completed 1 year earlier and will be put into service in 2027.
Minister Uraloğlu pointed out that with the project, the travel time between Ankara and Afyonkarahisar will be reduced to 1 hour 40 minutes, the travel time between Ankara and Uşak will decrease to 2 hours 10 minutes, and the travel time between Ankara and Manisa will be reduced to 2 hours and 50 minutes.
“We aim to save approximately 1.1 billion liras”
Pointing out that approximately 13.3 million passengers and 90 million tons of cargo are expected to be transported annually when the project is completed, Uraloğlu shared the following information:
“Within the scope of the project, we will build 49 tunnels with a length of 40.7 kilometers, 67 viaducts with a length of 21.2 kilometers, and 66 bridges. With the completion of the Ankara-İzmir High Speed Train Project, at the first stage, according to the daily reciprocal 8 trains, annual; time, energy and maintenance costs. We aim to save approximately 1.1 billion liras from items.”