21 November Thursday

Construction Restarts on Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli Metro Line

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will restart the works on the metro projects previously halted due to financial reasons.

Upon the instruction of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, the works on the Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli metro line will be starting again on November 26, 2019. The project had come to a halt two years ago, due to financial reasons.

The works will officially restart on November 26 in a ceremony where the tunnel boring machine (TBM) will go under the ground the start the excavation work. The ceremony, which will be attended by Mayor İmamoğlu, will take place at the construction site in the Sancaktepe Abdurrahman Gazi Metro Station on Tuesday.

The tunnels and platforms of the 6 stations will be excavated using the conventional New Austria Tunneling Method (NATM), while the ticket halls will be built using the open-close method. The platform and the ticket hall of two stations, meanwhile, will be built using the open-close method only.

The Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli metro line, which is an extension of the Üsküdar-Ümraniye-Çekmeköy line, will pass through Sarıgazi (Integration Station), City Hospital, Abdurrahmangazi, Samandıra, Veysel Karani, Hasanpaşa and Sultanbeyli stations respectively, and end near the TEM Expressway in the Sultanbeyli district.

The line, which will have a total length of 10.9 kilometers and consist of 6 stations, is expected to ease the transportation problems of Istanbul’s Anatolian side, and serve around 65,000 passengers per hour in each direction. The average travel time between the first station and the last will be 16 minutes.

Built with state-of-the-art technology, the stations of the fully-automatic driverless metro line will use platform-length separator doors. In the Samandıra Station, a fully-automatic mechanical parking area with a capacity of 336 vehicles will be built for the drivers to park their cars and continue their journeys by metro.

A loan for the construction of the metro line was obtained from Deutsche Bank London through an agreement signed in October 2019.

The line is scheduled to be put into service in the last quarter of 2022.

The project was initially started in May 2017, but came to a halt on December 29, 2017. It was restarted in March 2018, however, the construction was paused for a second time due to the IMM’s failure to pay the progress payments.

So far, the project has achieved only 6 percent of physical progress.

Projected travel times for the Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli metro line:

➢ Çekmeköy – Sultanbeyli 16 min.
➢ Sarıgazi –Üsküdar 28 min.
➢ Sarıgazi –Yenidoğan 7 min.
➢ Sancaktepe – Levent 55 min.
➢ Sancaktepe – Taksim 57.5 min.
➢ Sancaktepe – Mecidiyeköy 55 min.
➢ Sultanbeyli – Yenikapı 50 min.
➢ Sultanbeyli – Göztepe 42 min.

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