A new railway tunnel under the Bosporus connecting Asia and Europe is on track to open later this month.
The Marmaray Tunnel in Istanbul will be opened on 29th October 2013, by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister. The project includes a 13.6 kilometre tunnel and a modernised 63 kilometre local rail network plus three new underground railway stations and the modernisation of 37 further stations.
The Marmaray Tunnel is built to withstand earthquakes which measure up to 9 on the Richter scale. Leipzig company, Goldschmidt Thermit put together the track. British company Invensys Rail has been making preparations for the official opening 29th October 2013, the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey.
‘The Marmaray tunnel brings Europe and Asia closer together. This improves the traffic infrastructure between two continents and also at the historical location of the Bosporus helps to build a bridge between different cultures,’ says Hans- Jürgen Mundinger, Chairman of Goldschmidt Thermit.