Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu answered the questions of journalist Hakan Çelik at the closing session of the Turkish Railway Summit, where the road traveled, investments and projects from the past to the present, organized by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, were discussed.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, who attended the closing session of the Turkish railway summit held at Istanbul Sirkeci Station, visited the Orange Table stand set up for the summit before starting the session and received information from TCDD Transportation General Manager Kamuran Yazıcı.
In his speech, Minister Karaismailoğlu explained the investments made in the transportation sector and the importance given to the railways in this speech: “We have made revolutionary transportation-infrastructure investments in 18 years. Here, we have invested approximately 907 billion TL in transportation infrastructure. 18 percent of this is the railway, ”he said.
Emphasizing the importance of Sirkeci Train Station, Karaismailoğlu said, “Sirkeci Station is one of the important buildings. Both in terms of transportation and in terms of history. We started the first railway operations in the 1860s. We are in a very important place in historical sense. He has made a great contribution to Istanbul. This suburban line served 55 years. Then Marmaray was put into service. First Kazlıçeşme - As Ayrılıkçeşme then Halkalı - It served as Gebze. " He spoke in the form.
"Significant Investments Made in Railways in 2002, But Not Enough"
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, said, “The railways, which were neglected until 2002, were made a significant investment in 2002, but they are not enough. From now on, we will add much more to this and make revolutionary innovations in the railroad with new technologies, high-speed trains, and electric signal lines. We are doing his work. This week's 4-day summit was held for that purpose. Hopefully, valuable ideas, contributions, contributions of private sector representatives and universities will shed light on our path. We value them very much. We take all of our notes. I hope we will make the breakthrough in this railway together, ”he said.
"Now Highways and Railway Investments Will Come To The End"
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that they have adopted the zero error principle in investments and said, “We have invested approximately 907,2 billion TL in transportation infrastructure here. 18 percent of this is rail. Of course, mainly the other side of this is highways. Hopefully, as of September 2020, highway and railway investments will come head to head. In other words, 65 percent to 18 percent achieved each other. Our goal is to lower the highways a little further and raise the railways a little more. Railway is one of our very important goals for us to have a voice in the world and to be a leader in its region. Our country has just met high speed trains after 2002. "We increased our signaled power lines 3-4 times in our existing lines."
Karaismailoğlu on highways with a reminiscent oturmuşluk ensure that investments made in the road for many years in Turkey, he said: "Now everyone can fly. Airline became the way of the people. In the railroad, we normally have 12 thousand 800 kilometers of railway line. One thousand 200 kilometers of this is high speed train line. Our goal is to increase this to 2023 thousand in high-speed train by 3. To increase to 18 thousand with normal conventional lines. On the one hand, high-speed trains and on the other hand, there is a whole study of freight trains in every corner of our country "
“We have 2023 targets, but we also have targets after 2023. I hope we will complete the urgent areas as soon as possible and include them in our system. Marmaray is already the cornerstone of this business. A transport axis from Beijing to London has now begun to work on the entire middle corridor. It continues quickly. We are in the middle position as a logistics base in the world. "
“Domestic and National Signal is Very Important. If We Don't.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they are working for local signalization in railways and said, “We have always been working with dependent companies worldwide in signalization. We are now back to the local signal there. I hope we have a joint work with Asalsan on the Gayrettepe Airport line. It is the first time that the domestic signal is currently being produced there. After that, I hope to transfer this to high-speed trains and our conventional lines to this and the domestic and national signal of the bidet is very important. It is our indispensable. When we achieve that, no one will be able to stand in front of us anymore, ”he said.
"The World Is Fighting The Pandemic But We Are Making Openings, We Are Laying The Foundations"
Minister Karaismailoğlu, stating that the work continues with full speed and devotion during the pandemic process, said, “We took precautions in our country and paid attention to mask distance cleaning rules. We survived a certain period of time with little damage. We never stopped the pandemic. We followed our work. We continue our processes. The world is fighting the epidemic, but we are making openings, laying the foundations. We work tirelessly for the future of our country. There have been short disruptions, but we will make up for it as soon as possible. We are a team with hundreds of thousands of friends. There is a great devotion ”he said.
At the end of the session, Karaismailoğlu, who also examined the steam train exhibited for the summit, chatted with the steam train driver and had a souvenir photo taken on the train with journalist Hakan Çelik.