Sabah – China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. (CSR) in cooperation with Turkish MNG Holding will invest USD 110 million in a facility in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, to manufacture metro train cars for city’s expanding light rail network.
The CSR-MNG joint facility will be built in two stages, according to an official in Turkey’s Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ministry, who said that 200 light rail cars to be used in urban transportation will be manufactured at the initial stage. ‘The second stage of the investment consists of maintenance and repair facilities for 150 vehicles per year.’, the same official said.
The plant will be complete within a year, creating employment for a total of 6,000 people during its construction. Some 350 Turkish and 30 Chinese engineers will be employed full-time at the plant, which will be built in the Sincan district of the Turkish capital.
Turkey and China are also working together to build a high-speed rail line to connect Turkey’s two largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara. Turkey plans to have a total of 25,000 kilometers of railway by 2023, up from its current level of about 12,000 kilometers.