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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
A new fast train linking Ankara and Istanbul will reducethe duration of the travel between the two cities to 90 minutes, the TurkishState Railways’ (TCDD) general manager has said, daily Milliyet reported.
"We are planning to directly link Ankara andIstanbul over the third bridge. Then the travel time will be brought down toone-and-a-half hours. It costs 10 billion dollars, it is expensive," TCDDGeneral Manager Süleyman Karaman said. "That's why we preferred to builtthe Eskişehir connection line in the first phase, which cost 4 billiondollars."
The travel time will first be reduced to three hoursbeginning in 2014 after the Eskişehir project is completed at the end of nextyear, reports said.
Some 30 kilometers of the Eskişehir-İnönü stretch of theline have already been built, while the 276-kilometer stretch from Ankara toEskişehir was completed in 2009.
The Council of State approved the project after afour-year trial, Karaman said following questions about delays to the project.
"We waited four years. We had losses of 10 percentwhile trying to make the state earn 1 percent," Karaman said.
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