27 November Wednesday

Construction Work Restarts on Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli Metro Line After 2 Years

In a ceremony on Tuesday, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu restarted the construction works on the Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli metro line on Istanbul's Asian side. The project had come to a halt two years ago, due to financial reasons.

Speaking at the ceremony held in Sancaktepe district, Mayor İmamoğlu emphasized that each service provided to the city belongs to the public. “Istanbul has a unique potential and power of its own and. Now even if the world stops turning, Istanbul would keep on moving. Istanbul is the center of the world. But this is not the case just for today, it was the same thousands of years ago, and it will be the same thousands of years from now. We must behave accordingly and support each other. We should stick together more than ever. The hearts of our 16 million people should beat together for Istanbul," Mayor Imamoğlu said.

With only 6% of physical progress, the Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe-Sultanbeyli Metro line had come to a halt two years ago due to financial reasons. The works however were officially restarted on November 26 in a ceremony where the tunnel boring machine (TBM) went under the ground and started the excavation work.

The ceremony, which was attended by Mayor İmamoğlu, the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) Istanbul deputy Mr. Gökhan Zeybek and the Mayor of Sancaktepe District Municipality, Mrs. Şeyma Döğücü took place at the construction site in the Sancaktepe Abdurrahman Gazi Metro Station. Before the ceremony, the trio made an inspection tour of the construction site.

In his speech at the ceremony, Mayor İmamoğlu underlined that public transport was one of Istanbul's most pressing issues, and that more projects would be launched to deal with the city's transport links. The Mayor also thanked the representatives of each of the local municipalities who contributed to the establishment of the metro line.

The line will have a total length of 10.9 kilometers, and consist of 8 stations. It is expected to ease the transportation problems of Istanbul’s Anatolian side, and serve around 64,800 passengers per hour in a single direction. The average travel time between the first station and the last will be 16 minutes.

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.

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

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 platforms and the ticket halls of two stations, meanwhile, will be built using the open-close method only.

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.

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

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