Turkey’s transport minister Lutfi Elvan has announced that his country is building a high-speed railway line to Bulgaria. The minister stated that the railway line would connect Istanbul to the Kapikule border crossing point and would run through Edirne.
Turkey has a number of major infrastructure projects currently underway including the North Marmara Highway, the Third Bosphorus Bridge, and several extensions to the metro system including one that runs under the Bosphorus.
The rail link with Bulgaria is designed to improve trade between the 2 countries and also the overall EU area. Bulgaria provides the main links for Turkey with the EU and the volume of trade crossing the border has increased exponentially in recent years. Turkey is a major trading partner with the EU and Bulgaria provides an important route for its products.
The minister announced that the tender for the high speed rail link will be held in 2015