Opening a railway corridor to Ankara will reduce transit time and costs on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway corridor (BTK). The fact is that the railway corridor through Ankara, which connects the east and west of Turkey, officially opened on May 7, 2021, for freight traffic. Traffic was first shut down for Baskentray and then for Sivas high-speed rail projects. There are now two railway corridors in Turkey: one in the south via Konya, and the other in the north, via Ankara. The shortest route to Ankara is between the Marmara region and the Kirikkale-Sivas-Erzurum-Kars railway.
"After the opening of the Ankara Pass, the transit time and costs of trains departing from Izmit to Azerbaijan / Kazakhstan / China using the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is decreasing," the logistics specialists concludes.