According to the Turkish State Railways, a second high-speed railway is being planned between Istanbul and Ankara, and will enable people to travel between these two provinces in only an hour and a half. Apparently the plan is to link the two provinces with a railway that will use the third Istanbul Strait Bridge.
Work has already begun to build a high-speed railway between Istanbul and Ankara, and is due to be completed at the end of 2013. Part of the line between Istanbul and the province of Eskisehir has already become operational. This has halved the travel time for its users who would normally have had to take a bus. Buses are very much the conventional method of public transportation between provinces as Turkey still lacks a fully developed railway network.
The cost of the second project is predicted to be around $10 billion, in comparison with the first project connecting Istanbul and Ankara via Eskisehir and that cost around $4 billion. The high speed railway already under construction is expected to become fully operational by 2014 and will halve the time taken to travel by land.
It is expected to be very popular amongst those who don’t want to travel by plane, or who cannot afford to do so. At the moment Turkey only has one other high speed railway line which consists of 212 km between Ankara and Konya which is the largest province by area. The current government has plans to lay 10,000 km of high-speed track by 2023 which is the centennial of the modern republic.