Two new Subway Lines to open in Istanbul

Trains in Istanbul

The Transport and Infrastructure Minister recently announced that Istanbul, the biggest metropolis in Turkey is getting two new subway lines which will total 8 miles (12.9km). During a recent ceremony in Istanbul, Adil Karaismailoglu explained that the first of the lines will be located on the city’s Asian side in the Uskudar district and is set to span between the neighbourhoods of Altunizade and Camlica.

Fully Automated Subway System

Turkey’s first fully automated subway system is located in Uskudar with the Uskudar-Cekmekoy line spanning 20km in length with 16 stops in-between.

This district is included within the Marmaray, an underwater rail system that sits beneath the Bosphorus and connects the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side. Karaismailoglu confirmed that the new line will connect the Sirkeci and Kazlicesme neighbourhoods on the European side and is expected to cover 8.4km.

Currently there is 251km of subway lines found in Istanbul, and when the current projects are finished, this number is expected to reach 342km.

Additional Metro Lines in Istanbul

Last October saw the commission of an additional metro line, referred to as M7, and this line stretches from the central quarter of Mecidiyekoy to Mahmutbey.

There are currently six further lines that are undergoing work, and these are the Pendik-Tavsantepe-Sabiha Gokcen Airport line on the Asian side, the Bakirkoy-Kirazli, Basaksehir-Kayasehir, Gayrettepe-Istanbul Airport, and the Halkali-Istanbul Airport lines on the European side of the city.

Karaismailoglu confirmed that the metro line due to connect the Istanbul Airport and the heart of Turkey’s metropolis is still on track to be completed by the end of the year. This line will enable passengers from Gayrettepe on the east side of Istanbul to be at the airport in just over half an hour. The subway will span 37.5km and feature nine stations, whilst also taking the accolade of being the fastest metro in the country operating at 75mph. The minister also provided an update on the 31.5km Halkali-Istanbul Airport line, which is still on track to be completed by the end of next year.

New Subway Lines

Last month, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality confirmed that there will be new subway lines in the coming years. One of these is reported to begin in the Beylikduzu district that sits on the European side of the city and will end on the Anatolian side of Pendik, spanning a total distance of 72km. The idea of the subway is to reduce the amount of time it takes to travel between the two locations to an hour.


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