Turkish Rail Market Briefing

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Date(s) - July 11 2024
1:00pm - 5:00pm

IISE, University of Derby

We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for rail companies in the UK to meet with key Turkish rolling stock companies for an in-person briefing and 1:1 meetings.


Why Turkey?

After announcing the largest sustainable civil infrastructure deal in UKEF history (EUR 2,1 bn) to connect Ankara and Izmir high speed railway line in 2021, UKEF has supported Mersin-Gaziantep high speed railway line (EUR 923m) in 2023 which will critically support the region affected by the tragic earthquake. And with the finalisation of Kayseri-Yerkoy railway line (EUR 1bn) in January 2024, the UK’s commitment for Turkish clean transport infrastructure is covering more than 900 km of high-speed railway construction.

Turkey is undertaking significant infrastructure initiatives within its transportation sector, encompassing projects related to bridges, roads, airports, and railways. This creates opportunities for UK companies specialising in services and equipment within these areas. Notably, the railway sector takes precedence in these new investments. Over the past 18 years, the government has committed GBP 14bn to enhance the railway network and infrastructure quality. This robust investment is anticipated to persist, fostering growth in railway infrastructure through diverse initiatives and projects, with an estimated cost of approximately GBP 36,5 billion.

By August 2020, Turkey has 12,803 km railway line in total, of which 11,590 km is conventional and is 1,213 km high speed railway.  43% of the network is electrified, and about 50% is signalised. It is the 21st longest rail road in the world, less than 20% the length of its main highway network (68,000 km). Compared to high-income markets, Turkey’s geographic rail network density is below that of the U.S. (23 track-km per 1,000 km2) and falls well short of that of the EU (49 track-km per 1,000 km2).

The government is planning to expand the rail network to 18,000 km by 2025, including expansion of the country’s high-speed train lines to 5,500 km to connect 14 different cities, and make improvements to more than 70% of the existing tracks. According to 2053 Transport Master Plan, the government is planning to build 8,554 km of new railways out of which 7,080 km of high speed lines. Turkey currently has 14 intercity rail projects  underway (total value of around GBP 22 bn), and many other in the planning phase, including urban rail projects. As these projects are completed, they will help diversify the available transport options for land-based supply chains.


Who is attending?

We will be hosting representatives from the following rolling stock organisations:

TÜRASAS: Government-owned biggest rolling stock manufacturer in Turkey with more than 3,500 employee. The company specializes in the production and repair of railway vehicles, with a focus on passenger wagons, electric series manufacturing, and engineering services. TÜRASAŞ is known for its national and domestic technologies and operates in segments including locomotive, cargo wagon, and diesel engine production. It was was established in 1894 as a Maintenance and Repair Workshop during the construction of the Anatolian-Baghdad Railway Line.

Metro Istanbul: It was established in 1988 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to operate urban rail systems. As a subsidiary of the municipality, Metro Istanbul operates the existing metro, tram, funicular, and cable car lines in Istanbul. The company has a long urban rail system operation, covering a total of 303.42 km across Istanbul, with 213.92 km in the total system. Metro Istanbul serves over 2 million passengers every day with its 18 lines. It is recognized as a brand that sets an example worldwide for its service quality. In addition to operating the rail system, Metro Istanbul is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of rail system vehicles, stations, fixed facilities, line infrastructures, and electrical and electronic systems. The company also offers engineering and consultancy services for future metro projects in Istanbul and domestic and international public transportation projects.

TCDD Transport (Taşımacılık) Inc. is a government-owned railway company responsible for the operations of most passenger and freight rail in Turkey. The company was formed on 14 June 2016, splitting off from the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) to take over railway operations, while TCDD would continue to administer railway infrastructure.

TCDD Taşımacılık operates trains on a network of over 12,430 km (7,720 mi) within 59 of the 81 provinces in Turkey.

TÜBİTAK Rail Transportation Technologies Institute (RUTE), pioneering the transformation of mobility with a vision built on R&D collaboration with TCDD, is conducting research and development activities to develop innovative technologies needed for our country in the field of safer, faster, and more efficient rail transportation technologies.


Who should attend?

This briefing is ideal for any organisation working in rolling stock, with particular reference to decarbonisation technologies as well as suppliers who can provide innovative maintenance and refurbishment support and components.


Requesting 1:1 appointments

Participants should indicate in the Additional Comments box below, any companies they have an interest in having a 1:1 appointment with.

Please note that the delegation will determine who is successful for appointments.  Confirmation of appointments will then follow.


Please supply a brief description about your company in the Registration Information box below.



This briefing is free and open to Rail Forum members and any UK rail company.

Places are limited to 1 per company.


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Bookings will close on 3rd July at 5.30pm and joining instructions including delegate list will be issued on 4th July.

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