Istanbul, Turkey (PortSEurope) November 28, 2020 – Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Adil Karaismailoğlu, has said that the government plans further investment in the country’s railways to improve connections between industrial production zones to commercial ports. This is part of a nationwide plan to develop the country to make it capable of handling the logistics requirements of shippers transporting cargo between Asia and Europe. Specifically, developing
ports to increase capacity of cargo and containers for shippers using the Caspian and Black Seas, and cargo rail and road links between Turkey’s Mediterranean and Black Sea ports. The minister said that Turkey had nearly 9,000 km of railway in the 1930s however, from the 1940s to 2002, there was no real investment in railway infrastructure. Recently, the country has been speeding up efforts to increase railway capacity. An example of investment is the new Samsun-Sivas line which connects the Black Sea to the central Anatolian region and then to the Mediterranean. The 431-kilometer railway line has increased capacity to contribute to the trade corridor between Europe and the Middle East. The most important rail lones are those that link the country’s Organized Industrial Zones (OIZ) to with its ports. Turkey is building industrial production zones near Iskenderun port in southern Turkey’s Hatay province, Mersin Port in southern Mersin province, Filyos Port in northern Zonguldak province and Alsancak Port and soon-to-be opened Çandarlı Port in western Izmir. TCDD (Turkish Railways) plans to increase annual cargo transported by rail from the current 30 million tons to 45 million tons by 2023, and to 150 million tons by 2028. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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