Kapıkule, the construction of which started in 2019 by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Cyclic The first phase of the high-speed train project, on the Çerkezköy-Kapıkule line, has been completed for 54 kilometers of the 153 kilometers section. It is aimed to complete the works in 2024, the infrastructure of which is 77 percent and the physical progress is 58 percent. Saying that the project consists of 3 stages, Governor Hüseyin Kursat Kirbiyik“The Çerkezköy-Kapıkule phase we are in will be completed in 2024. When the project is completed,” he said. İstanbul‘and EdirneIt will be around 1 hour to arrive. There is a 6-hour distance on the freight side at the moment. This will be down to 2 hours. We will gain 3 times the speed,” he said.
The Çerkezköy-Kapıkule line, which is the first stage of the Kapıkule-Halkalı high-speed train project, which was started to be built by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in June 2019, has been completed for 54 kilometers of the 153 kilometers section. The works, whose infrastructure is 77 percent and the physical progress is 58 percent, are planned to be completed in 2024. After the completion of the project, the journey between Istanbul and Edirne takes from 3.5 hours to 1 hour; It is aimed to reduce the freight transport that takes 6 hours to 2 hours.
Edirne Governor Hüseyin Kürşat Kırbıyık, who stated that the Halkalı-Kapıkule high-speed train line will bring the international trade of the country to the top, said, “A very important project is going on both in terms of our province, our country, Thrace region and even with our neighboring countries. Only our city. “It is a very important project, not only for our country and our region, but also for our country and region. It is a project that will bring the integration of our city to Istanbul to the highest level, when we think from the passenger side. When we think from the freight side, it is a project that we will carry our international trade to much higher points,” he said. Saying that the Çerkezköy-Halkalı phase of the project will be completed in 2024, Kırbıyık said, “This project consists of 3 phases. It starts from Halkalı; Halkalı-Ispartakule phase, Ispartakule-Çerkezköy phase and Çerkezköy-Kapıkule phase. It is entering the third stage. A section of 153 kilometers. In the section that will start from Çerkezköy and extend to Kapıkule, 54 kilometers of this 153 kilometers pass through the borders of Edirne province. The works in this stage have covered a great distance. About 77 percent physical realization appears. 1.5 years In a section around 2024, we think that the works on this stage will be completed in 2024. The project will be finalized with the tender processes on both Halkalı-Ispartakule and Ispartakule-Çerkezköy lines. The Çerkezköy-Kapikule stage, which we are in, will be completed in 2024. Here, there is a project related to both freight and passenger transportation. When the project is completed, it will move from Istanbul to Edirne. It will be around 1 hour. There is a 6-hour distance on the freight side at the moment. This will be down to 2 hours. We will gain 3 times speed,” he said. European Union in the scope of Bulgaria Kırbıyık stated that it continues on the Bulgarian side as well, “Within the scope of the European Union, this continues on the Bulgarian line, so it is an integrated project. TurkeyStarting from the Bulgarian line and connecting to the whole continental Europe. It is an extremely important project in terms of our country’s foreign trade and exports.” Our citizens living in Istanbul have an intense interest in Edirne. Thousands of people come here at the weekend to see our mosques, caravanserais, inns, baths and bridges, especially Selimiye, as part of faith tourism. Currently, they mostly come by road, but the high-speed train will provide us with a great opportunity in this sense. Our city is already preparing for the period when the high-speed train will start operating. We continue our efforts to bring both the area in the service sector and other cultural and historical assets to the fore. One of the macro projects of our city. It is a project that will directly affect the future of Edirne and directly concern it. We care a lot. The works continue at full speed. There was actually an old line to the right of the area we were in. That line has now moved here. It will go on this line for about 7-8 months. The company, which undertook the construction, is starting a 680-meter viaduct work in Edirne. Here, too, we will carry the conventional line there and there will be 2 high-speed train lines. Passenger transportation and freight transportation will come there with 3 lines side by side. In a way, this also has the following significance for us; the old line takes place on an embankment. Now it will be empty. There are 4 different border gates in our province. We do freight transportation in 3 of them. We see that nearly 2,500 trucks depart daily. Now, freight transportation by road has reached a certain capacity and we are trying to increase it day by day within the framework of possibilities. both within the country Ministry of CommerceWe need to add railway transportation to this, with the work done by our Ministry, our relevant ministries, and the work we do with the interlocutor states, and we need to increase the share here. I think that with this project, a great acceleration will be achieved there as well.” there is. It also depends on the times to be given, but I don’t think it will take too long there either. After the completion of this line in 2024, we see that the works there will be completed in maybe 1-2 years and that this line will be used at full capacity in both freight and passenger transportation from Istanbul to Kapıkule, as in 2025-2026. Stating that the Kapıkule high-speed train line is a 530 million euro project, Kırbıyık said, “It is a very big project. When you look at it from a financial point of view, this magnitude emerges. We are talking about a project with a tender price of 530 million euros only for the Çerkezköy-Kapıkule line, that is, the 153 kilometer section. A part of this is covered by the European Union, but a significant part is provided by our Ministry of Transport from the national budget. When you look at the cost of the other 2 stages, both the importance of the project and its financial size become clear.
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