Work begins on the Yerköy – Kayseri high-speed line in Turkey

The 142 km route will reduce the Ankara – Kayseri travel time to 2 hours.

WORK is now underway on a 142 km high-speed line between Yerköy and Kayseri, following an official groundbreaking ceremony for the project attended by Turkish President Mr. Recep Erdoğan via video link.

The new route leaves the Ankara–Sivas high-speed line at Yerköy. It will shorten the distance by rail from Yerköy to Kayseri from 170 km to 142 km via the existing conventional line.

The new dual-track and electrified route will reduce the train journey time between Yerköy and Kayseri from 3.5 hours to less than 1 hour. The train journey time between the Turkish capital Ankara and Kayseri will also be reduced from 7 hours to 2 hours.

The civil works will include the construction of 15 tunnels with a total length of 16 km, as well as 118 highway underpasses, 18 highway bridges and 184 culverts.

According to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Mr. Adil Karaismailoğlu, the new railway will allow the transport of 11 million passengers and 650,000 tons of freight between Ankara, Yerköy and Kayseri every year.

Between completion in 2025 and 2054, the Yerköy – Kayseri high-speed line is expected to produce benefits worth a total of €10.5 billion, including €4.1 billion in travel time savings for passenger and freight traffic, 1.4 billion euros reduction in air and sea transport and noise pollution, and 5 billion euros reduction in motorway maintenance costs.

“We introduced our country to the comfort of high-speed trains for the first time in its history,” Erdoğan said. “We want Kayseri to enjoy it.”

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