THE Ankara metro network has grown by 3.3km with the opening of an extension to line M4 that runs from Atatürk Cultural Centre (AKM) to Kizilay in the centre of the Turkish capital.

The extension has two intermediate stations at Gar and Adliye. Gar is close to Maltepe station on the Ankaray light metro, and to Ankara’s main railway station on the Başkentray commuter rail line from Sincan to Kayaş.

At Kizilay there is interchange with metro line M1 as well as the Ankaray line.

According to Turkey’s transport minister, Mr Adil Karaismailoğlu, the extension will serve 600,000 passengers a day, with trains operating at up to 80km/h.

The project has included the construction of a 22,000m2 car park at AKM station with space for 335 vehicles.

The line M4 extension brings the total length of Ankara’s metro network to 44.5km.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Karaismailoğlu said that the government was proud and happy to be reaping the benefits of the investment in public transport that has been undertaken in accordance with policies of Turkey’s president, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“We are paving the way for the future, paving the way for Turkey,” Karaismailoğlu said.

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