The share of railways in Turkey’s transport budget will increase until 2023% in 60

The share of railways in Turkey’s transport budget will increase until 2023% in 60

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu participated in the General Assembly of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Road Union. ancient civilizations in the world; which make, exploit and trade important Kazan trade routesKaraismailoğlu noted that it was founded by the nations that provided national resources and said: “The King’s Road, which starts from western Anatolia and continues east and extends to the Persian Gulf, the Spice Route from the Far East to Europe and the Silk Route from China to Europe. This prevented the trade from being confined to a certain region and helped it spread to different continents and even the world. Today, the historic Silk Road has been revived as the Iron Silk Road. Through new investments in infrastructure and transport, it aims to develop and facilitate trade between Asia and Europe and to increase its volume. Our country, located in the middle of three continents, at the crossroads of important river basins such as the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, has maintained the advantage of its position for hundreds of years.


Pointing out that Turkey is located on the route of many important trade routes at all times, Karaismailoğlu said Turkey’s geography, which includes 4 billion people in 67 different countries, gross national product of $1.6 trillion and a trade volume of $38 billion, with a 7-hour flight. He said it was in the middle. “The responsibilities given by these benefits increase the burden on our shoulders. It encourages us to work harder for our country and the world,” Karaismailoğlu said, and for this reason he has long sought to become a global logistics superpower in the Middle Corridor, which covers more than 60 countries, 4.5 billion of the world’s population and 30% of the world economy. indicated that significant investments had been made.

Transport Minister Karaismailoğlu said: “I would like to express that we attach great importance to the Trans-Caspian International Transport Road Union, which has reached 84 million and has helped Turkey to increase its potential with its young population. and dynamic, and gained its legal personality in February 2017. Through its decisions and practices, the Union facilitates trade in the Trans-Caspian region, increases the mobility of goods and the attractiveness of the middle corridor. between member countries; Guaranteeing fare unity, applying uniform transport processes from the first to the last mile of the route, increasing transport by directing transit and commercial loads on the route, and ensuring the diversity of logistics products are also extremely important. The electronic integration system put in place to facilitate the crossing of borders for freight trains has a catalytic effect on crossings.

Stressing that the pandemic process has once again revealed the importance of railway transport and that global trade has increased its interest in railways, Karaismailoğlu said that the use of railways has increased in Turkey in this direction. . Emphasizing that these were not achieved in a day, Karaismailoğlu continued his speech as follows:

“It is the result of long and precise planning. And so to speak, we have made a reform. We increased the carrying capacity from 2020 million tons in 35 by 10% to 2021 million tons at the end of 38. In particular, our international shipments increased by 2021% in 24. Our goal is to further increase these figures, to make the railroad one of the strongest elements of transportation. In this sense, I would like to clarify that we plan to create a load capacity of 26 million tons on a total area of ​​19 million square meters in 73.2 logistics centers. Turkey is a country that has increased its efficiency in the middle corridor, with the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line that we put into operation on October 30, 2017. The first container train in transit between China and Europe, who departed from Xi’ a city in China to the city of Prague in Czechia, passed through Ankara on November 6, 2019 and reached Europe using Marmaray in Istanbul. After the pandemic, an additional capacity increase of 3 tons per day was carried out for the Ahılteke region transfer station in Georgia to meet the increasing load demands on this line. Since the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line until the end of April 500, almost 2022 million 1 thousand tons of goods have been transported. Our main objective for the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars route is to operate 70 train blocks per year and reduce the 500-day cruise time between China and Turkey to 12 days.


Noting that the principle of sustainability is also important in global trade, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Karaismailoğlu recalled that in March last year, the cargo ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal and the world trade on this line had been blocked bilaterally for a week. . Karaismailoğlu said: “This Suez Canal crisis, where 12% of world trade takes place, is costing the world $10 billion a day.

Referring to current developments, Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the Russian-Ukrainian war that has been going on since February and tensions in the region have also put the Northern Corridor in trouble. Stating that the Middle Corridor is a solid alternative to the Northern Corridor in terms of distance and time, Karaismailoğlu said, “A freight train from China to Europe travels 7,000 kilometers in 12 days if it chooses the middle corridor and Turkey. If the same train prefers the northern Russian trade route, there is a distance of 10,000 kilometers and a travel time of at least 15 days. If the same train chooses the southern corridor by ship, it can travel 20,000 kilometers on the Suez Canal and reach Europe in just 45 to 60 days. Even these figures reveal how beneficial and secure the Middle Corridor is in global trade between Asia and Europe.


The middle corridor gained prominence with the commissioning of the BTK railway line in 2017. kazanKaraismailoğlu said, “With the start of Marmaray freight trains in 2020, we have provided an uninterrupted railway connection between Asia and Europe. The Kars Logistics Center has further enhanced the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line. The importance given to the railway has increased both in the context of the transformation of global trade routes, our country’s future objectives and the green deal aiming for a carbon neutral Europe in 2050. As part of of our transport and logistics policy Master Plan, our objective to increase the share of railways in transport from 5% to 22% is the most concrete indicator of the value we attach. The opportunities it offers in terms of increasing cooperation between the countries of the region and strengthening their integration into the world economy are the factors that support our determination. With these opportunities, the Middle Corridor will undoubtedly be one of the most important links in world trade with the coordinated cooperation of countries in the region.


Emphasizing that they will further strengthen the Middle Corridor by giving a breath of fresh air to maritime trade in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean with the project of the century, Kanal Istanbul, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said: “With our growing importance for the railway and our investments concentrated on the intermediate corridor in different modes of transport, we contribute to facilitate the use of the route and to increase its preference. we offer. We are accelerating transitions on the line with our investments. Noting that Marmaray, which connects Asia and Europe with an uninterrupted railway line, was put into operation in 2013, Karaismailoğlu said that there are only a few days left before Rize-Artvin airport, which is the 2nd in Turkey and the 5th in the world to complete the sea. airport, is put into use for the nation and the world. said the airport will be open on May 14 with the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Transport Minister Karaismailoğlu noted that the number of airports would thus increase from 26 to 58.


Mobility to the Middle Corridor with port connections in addition to Kazan RailwayKaraismailoğlu, who said they will continue We have increased the share of railways in our transport budget to 2020 percent in 47. In 2023, we will increase this rate to 60 percent. In the railways, we will increase the share of passenger transport from 0.96% to 6.20%. In addition, the share of freight transport will increase from 5% to 22%. The number of provinces with high-speed trains and high-speed rail links will increase from 8 to 52. We will increase annual passenger transport from 19.5 million to 270 million. We will increase the annual freight transport from 55 million tons to 448 million tons. Turkey will have a safe, fast, efficient and effective railway infrastructure as soon as possible. Let no one doubt it. Roads are the backbone not only of countries, but also of the regional economy and intercontinental trade. We compare roads to rivers because they stimulate production, employment, trade, culture and tourism in the places they cross. Of all the modes of transport that we consider integrated, railways make an invaluable contribution to our country and to international trade. We aim to take advantage of this mode of transportation in the most efficient way, both for our nation and for the world. kazanWe show the necessary sensitivity for climbing. Especially given the global factors driving the transportation of the future; environment-friendly, fast, safe and intelligent transport systems will be the rising values ​​of the coming period. From this point of view, it is clear that railways and high-speed train systems will further develop, especially in international freight transport.

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