Minister of transport and infrastructure, Mr Mehmet Cahit Turhan, was present for the test between the 90th and 104th-km in Kırıkkale region, along with deputy minister of transport and infrastructure, Mr Adil Karaismailoğlu, Kırıkkale governor, Mr Yunus Sezer, TCDD general manager, Mr Ali İhsan Uygun, TCDD Taşımacılık general manager, Mr Kamuran Yazıcı, and other officials.

Testing has begun on the central Büşeyh - Yerköy - Akdağmadeni section of the Liras 9.749bn ($US 1.59bn) line, which will reduce travel time between Ankara and Sivas from 12 hours to two hours.

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