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Turkey to inaugurate Gaziantep-Aleppo railway line (Syria)

01-08-2010 14:18

Turkey strengthens its international railway connections, the Turkish authorities launching a line linking Gaziantep and Aleppo (Syria).
Services on Gaziantep-Aleppo line will be initiated on December 8, 2010 and will include two journeys per week, on Fridays and Saturdays, announced TCDD officials on January 7. The distance between the two cities could thus be covered by train in about 3 hours. TCDD is expecting the line to attract 100,000 passengers annually and carry 1 million tonnes of freight.
The connection was built a century ago as part of Hejaz line which connected Istanbul with the Hejaz region in Saudi Arabia, via Damask.

Source: www.aa.com.tr

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