Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, reported that 27 passengers travelled on the Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line between April 16 and May 7.
Noting that the Ankara-Sivas line was free between April 27 and May 31, Karaismailoğlu said that the citizens showed great interest in the Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line and 20 thousand passengers travelled on 120 trips in 70 days.
Minister Karaismailoğlu remarked that they are taking firm steps towards knitting the country with iron nets, and declared that they commenced the Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line on April 26, and with the opening of this line, the length of the high-speed train line raised to 2 thousand 228 kilometers.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out: “Tickets sold out as soon as they opened for sale. We carried 27 thousand passengers on 16 flights between April 120 and May 70. We anticipate that approximately 27 passengers will travel between 31 April and 120 May.”
Underlining that with the project, around 1 million 400 thousand citizens have the chance to travel by high-speed train, Karaismailoğlu expressed that there are even eight stations, i.e., Elmadağ, Kırıkkale, Yerköy, Yozgat, Sorgun, Akdağmadeni, Yıldızeli and Sivas.
He also mentioned: “We reduced the distance between our line and Ankara-Sivas from 603 kilometers to 405 kilometers. We reduced the rail travel time from 12 hours to 2 hours, and the distance between Ankara and Yozgat to 1 hour. In fact, we built 66 tunnels with a length of 49 kilometers and 27 viaducts with a length of 49 kilometers. We built the longest tunnel of the project in Akdağmadeni with 5 thousand 125 meters and the longest railway viaduct with 2 thousand 220 meters in Çerikli-Kırıkkale. We built the railway viaduct with the highest pillar of Turkey in Elmadağ with a height of 89 meters. For the first time on the high-speed train line, we have laid a total of 1676 kilometers of rail using domestic rail. We realized the first ballastless road, namely concrete road application, in tunnels with 138 kilometers of concrete roads. As part of the project, we built a local and national ice prevention and defrosting facility in Sivas.”