TRANSPORTATION, TURKEY

2011 08 24

New high-speed train line launched

A new high-speed train line connecting the Turkish capital, Ankara, and the central city of Konya has been launched.

The new railway was inaugurated on Tuesday as the high-speed train (YHT) departed from Ankara arrived in Konya in one and a half hours.

The high-speed train will reduce travel time between the two cities to one and a half hour from ten and a half hours in the past.

The construction of the 309-kilometer high-speed railway and test runs took only four years and eight half years to complete, which is significantly shorter than most of such projects elsewhere in the world.

 The line has been designed and built by Turkish contractors and engineers, and it is the fastest constructed high-speed railway in the world.

The project for the railway has cost one billion Turkish liras (around $600 million).

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