12 March Tuesday

Gebze-Halkalı suburban railway line Opens

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Gebze-Halkalı Suburban Railway Line, Mevlüt Uysal, the mayor of Istanbul, “This suburban line, which we opened today, covers Istanbul from Gebze to Halkalı. We opened the train line connecting Istanbul’s European side suburb Halkalı with Gebze district of Kocaeli province on the east. This line will carry almost 1.5 million passengers a day. Together with the 63-kilometer line, Istanbul's 170-kilometer rail system has been increased to 223 kilometers. In addition, 284-km metro line is under construction” he said.

Delivering a speech at the inauguration of the Gebze-Halkalı suburban railway line, President Erdoğan said: “We have taken Turkey to a totally different position with not only its transportation system but also with its water, cleanliness, Haliç, public works, green fields, in short, with its everything. That is why as many tourists as almost its population visited Istanbul last year. We are determined to elevate Istanbul from the 8th place to the top in the list of the world’s most visited cities.”

“Gebze-Halkalı Suburban Railway Line will Contribute to the Relieving of Istabul’s Traffic Burden”

Delivering a speech at the ceremony, President Erdoğan underscored that the Gebze-Halkalı suburban railway line will significantly contribute to the relieving of Istanbul’s traffic burden. Drawing attention to the 1.7 million passengers to be transported daily on the railway line, President Erdoğan went on to say: “We have taken Turkey to a totally different position with not only its transportation system but also with its water, cleanliness, Haliç, public works, green fields, in short, with its everything. That is why as many tourists as almost its population visited Istanbul last year. We are determined to elevate Istanbul from the 8th place to the top in the list of the world’s most visited cities.”

A commuter train line along the Sea of Marmara connecting Istanbul’s European side district of Halkali with Gebze district of Kocaeli province has opened on Tuesday.

The Gebze-Halkali commuter train line was inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a ceremony in Istanbul’s Kartal district.

Erdogan drove the train from Kartal to Maltepe station on the city’s Asian side during its first service.

Some 1.7 million passengers are expected to use the 63 kilometer-long (39 miles) train line on a daily basis. Through the new line, which has 43 stations, it will take less than 70 minutes to complete the same distance.

The Gebze-Halkali train line will also be Istanbul leg of Iron Silk Road, which will run from London to Beijing, Erdogan said.

With this line, last stop of high-speed trains in Istanbul will not be the Pendik district of Istanbul on the Asian side, they will run through Halkali district on the European side, he added.

People in 10 districts of Istanbul will directly benefit from the line, the president said, adding that it would ease Istanbul traffic very significantly.

All the rail systems in Istanbul including Marmaray undersea railway tunnel and high-speed train lines will also be integrated with the Gebze-Halkali line, according to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turan.

The length of the railway system in Istanbul have increased to 233 km (144.7) from 170 (105.6) km with addition of the new railway line, Erdogan noted.

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