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Halkalı - Kapıkule Railway Line project with a cost of 1.1 Billion EUR will connect Asia to Europe!

Mon, 10.06.2019 - 17:31

The largest EU - Turkey financial cooperation project will be signed tomorrow:

Halkalı - Kapıkule Railway Line project with a cost of 1.1 Billion EUR will connect Asia to Europe!


The contract for the construction of the Çerkezköy-Kapıkule Section Of Halkalı–Kapıkule Railway Line project will be signed on 11 June 2019 at 11:00, in Ankara. The Head Of Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, and the Turkish Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Mehmet Cahit Turhan, will sign the largest EU - Turkey financial cooperation project at an event at the Ankara Hotel.

The European Union support to the railway sector in Turkey continues with the financing of the Halkalı (Istanbul) - Kapıkule (Bulgarian border) Railway Line project.

The Halkalı - Kapıkule connection is the fourth major railway project financed by the European Union in Turkey. The total project investment cost is estimated to be 1.1 billion EUR. The EU will provide a grant assistance of 275 million EUR, making it the single largest European Union investment project carried out in Turkey. Halkalı - Kapıkule Railway Line will connect Europe to Asia.

It is estimated that once built, the railway connection will create major benefits for both passengers and freight forwarders. People and businesses will enjoy more economic and reliable transport services between Europe and Turkey. Citizens will experience more accessible and safer mobility, particularly in and around the Istanbul urban area, while carbon emissions will decrease and the use of different modes of transport will be promoted.

Turkish Railways has received the highest amount of EU grants as a single institution in Turkey. Until now four major railway projects have been financed by EU grants totalling 840 million EUR and exceeding a total length of 1.000 km of railway lines supported by the European Union. The European Union support in the railway sector continue with safety, efficiency and better regulation in mind.


For more information, please contact:

Mr. Akif Türkel, Transport Sector Manager,

EU Delegation to Turkey,


For press inquiries please contact:

Ms. Miray Akdaå,

Press and Information Officer of the Delegation Of the EU to Turkey

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