The 212km line leaves the existing Ankara - Eskisehir high-speed line at Polatli and then heads south for Konya. Construction has taken four years eight months, and was completed on December 17 2010, allowing nearly eight months for testing and commissioning. The project has cost Lira 1bn ($US 596m).

The line plugs an important gap in the Turkish rail network. Meanwhile, Suleyman said at the opening that the new high-speed line being built from Ankara east to Sivas will be completed at the end of 2015.