“Delivering the last train of the Turkish Velaro fleet well ahead of schedule marks an important milestone in our partnership with the Turkish State Railways.
“Our proven high-speed trains, developed for the global market, enhance passenger experience by providing comfort and convenience. We are proud to contribute to a project that significantly develops the infrastructure of Turkey and enables people in this large country to travel at high speed yet with a low CO2 footprint.”
Turkey ordered its first Velaro in 2013. This went into passenger service between Ankara and Konya in May 2015. At the same time, TCDD signed a second contract with Siemens for six eight-car high-speed trains. The last twelve eight-car Velaro TR trains were ordered in 2018 and 2019.
These final high-speed train sets will be used on Tukey’s high-speed 1,213-kilometre line connecting Ankara with Konya and Eskisehir. In the future they will also run on a planned additional 533-kilometre line to Istanbul.
The contract also included maintenance, repair and cleaning of the trains for a period of three years.
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