TURKEY: National railway TCDD has placed an order for seven Velaro high speed trainsets, Siemens has confirmed. The contract is worth 285m, including seven years of maintenance by the manufacturer.
Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens' Rail Systems Division, said the Turkish contract marked its entry into a promising growth market.
The Velaro trainsets are to be deployed on the Ankara - Konya high speed line as well as the Ankara - Istanbul route which is being upgraded with the construction of new alignments and rebuilding of existing routes for higher speeds.
Current services are operated using a fleet of 12 six-car trains supplied by CAF in 2009 and now maintained by Alstom.