Friday, February 27, 2015

Turkey to build giant undersea tunnel linking Asia and Europe. The tunnel will consist of two highways and a railway

Turkey announced here on Friday its plans to build a giant undersea three-floor tunnel that will pass through the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.

"Istanbul is a city which shapes history and deserves the best, including mega-projects" Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, while presenting the new project in an event organized by the Ministry of Transportation.

The new tunnel will be built between the two bridges of the Bosphorus Strait, the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges that connect the continents of Asia and Europe.

  • The tunnel will consist of two highways and a railway and will be the first of its kind in the world, Davutoglu announced.
The project will be finished before 2020 and will be accomplished with a model of build-operate-transfer. The tunnel is expected to cost 3.5 billion US dollars.

The 6.5 kilometers long tunnel will be integrated with the three airports, the bridges and the entire axis that connect all.

Davutoglu said that the tunnel will be environmental friendly and will reduce greenhouse gases by 115,000 tons per year.

"The life in Istanbul will change with this mega project and the backbone of the transportation in the city will be established," Davutoglu said.

  • Marmaray tunnel, the first undersea railway that connects the Far East and Europe with uninterrupted railway transportation, has been inaugurated in 2013.

The construction of its Avrasya tunnel that will connect Asia and Europe through an undersea highway, the third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait and Istanbul's third airport have still been continuing. - Xinhua

  • Turkish PM presents Istanbul sea tunnel mega-project...

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has announced an estimated $3.5 billion mega-project for a three-level sub-sea tunnel under Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, which will connect the city’s two sides with one railway and two highways, cutting travel times to 14 minutes.

“The three-level mega-project will be the signal flare of the Turkish Republic, the fourth global state in Istanbul after three empires,” he told a publicity meeting for the “Grand Istanbul Tunnel” at the Istanbul Congress Center on Feb. 27.

  • Davutoğlu described the 6.5 km-long tunnel as the first of its kind in the world, comprised of one rail system between two highways for motor vehicles 110 meters under the Bosphorus Strait.

He said the Bosphorus Bridge, the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (currently under construction) will be connected to each other once the tunnel is completed.
“The tunnel will both reduce the traffic load on the bridges and enable maximum time saving,” Davutoğlu added.

The tunnel is planned to be integrated into nine railed systems and connected to the Marmaray line, and will connect Istanbul’s three airports and nine rail systems with land routes.

6.5 million passengers

Prime Minister Davutoğlu said the transportation capacity of the tunnel will be 6.5 million passengers, adding that the structure will increase the annual figure crossing Istanbul’s two sides from 1.6 million to 4 million......................


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