May 30, 2023

The new high-speed train will enhance tourism, economy and social life in Sivas, Yozgat and Kircale by reducing travel time and shortening distances.

Adil Karaismailoglu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, announced on Tuesday that the Ankara-Sivas high-speed train line project will start on schedule and start operating on April 28, after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The minister stated that the train, which is capable of traveling at a speed of 250 km/h, will reduce the distance between Ankara and Sivas from 603 km to 405 km, with a record time of only two hours. Likewise, the distance between Ankara and Yozgat will be reduced to one hour.

Within the scope of the project, a total of 8 stations, including Elmadag, Kirikkale, Yerkoy, Yozgat, Sorgun, Ak Dağmadani, Yıldızli and Sivas, will operate, providing about 1.4 million people living in the aforementioned states with the opportunity to travel by high-speed train.

The project has completed 49 tunnels with a total length of 66 km, and 49 bridges extending over a distance of 27.2 km. The project includes the longest tunnel, located in Ak Dağmadani, at an altitude of 5,125 meters, and a railway bridge in Sirikli-Kirkale, with a length of 2,220 meters. The construction of the highest columns with a length of 88.6 meters has also been completed in Elma Dağ in Ankara. It is worth noting that local railways were also used for the first time in this project.

For his part, Hakan Demir Gul, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chambers of Craftsmen of Sivas, said that they are eagerly awaiting the start of the high-speed train trips, hoping that it will boost domestic and foreign tourism while making a significant contribution to the economy of the states of Sivas and Yozgat.

At the same time, Mayor of Yozgat Celal Kose stated that the high-speed train will help the residents of Yozgat and Ankara and will contribute greatly to natural and thermal tourism. He welcomed people from all over the world to spend a wonderful time away from the hustle and bustle of the city in the first Turkish national park “Gamlik National Park” in Yozgat, which is characterized by a refreshing breeze because it is located on the Bozouk Plateau.

Kose also emphasized that with a time not exceeding 55 minutes, the high-speed train will also provide an important service for students, faculty members of Bozouk University and doctors working in Ankara.

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