First Rail Welding Ceremony in MARMARAY

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First Rail Welding Ceremony in MARMARAY

First rail welding ceremony of Marmaray, which will connect the railway lines on both sides of the Istanbul Strait through the railway tunnel connection underneath the Bosphorus, was held on the 14th of January 2012. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Customs and Commerce Hayati Yazıcı, Minister of European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış, Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul Kadir Topbaş as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yapı Merkezi Holding Ersin Arıoğlu, Member of the Board of Directors Erdem Arıoğlu and Yapıray General Manager Sami Günsav were present at the ceremony.

Yapıray will perform direct binding track installation, ballasted track installation and installation of switches in Marmaray project which will have a total track length of 29 km, 26 km of which is concrete line and 3 km of which is ballasted line. The project will consist of 1.4 km immersed tube tunnel and approximately 24.6 km TBM tunnel. 40 stations will be constructed in Asian and European sides and 75,000 passengers per hour will commute in single direction. When the project is complete, travel time between Üsküdar-Sirkeci will be reduced to 4 minutes and travel times between Söğütlüçeşme-Yenikapı will be 12 minutes, between Bostancı-Bakırköy 37 minutes and between Gebze-Halkalı 105 minutes.

It is planned to complete the railway superstructure works of 29 km line between Ayrılıkçeşme-Kazlıçeşme in December 2012 whereas entire Marmaray Project is targeted to be completed on October 29, 2013.

First Rail Welding Ceremony in MARMARAY
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