The agreement to build the line was signed by Konya’s governor Mr Cüneyt Orhan Toprak, Konya Metropolitan Municipality’s mayor Mr Uğur İbrahim Altay, and the general manager of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) Mr Ali İhsan Uygun.

The double-track line will run from the Organised Industrial Zone, south via the airport, the new high-speed station and Konya’s main station, to Yaylapinar. There will be 19 stations in total. The Konyaray project will be implemented in two phases, with the 17.4km central section linking the airport and the city centre opening first.

When the entire line is completed it is expected to carry 90,000 passengers per day and will have an end-to-end journey time of 30 minutes, about half the time it currently takes by road.

Konya Metropolitan Municipality will be responsible for procuring the trains. Altay says the city also plans to build a 21km metro line. Konya already has a 25km north-south tram line.

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