The Turkish authorities reported on Thursday that high-speed traffic between four provinces of the country was resumed on schedule.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu has indicated that this is an “important” step towards normalization after several months of severe restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Services between Ankara and Istanbul, Ankara and the western province of Eskisehir as well as Ankara and Konya were resumed. These lines will also run between Konya and Istanbul. The trains will make a total of 16 journeys per day. For safety reasons, however, no food is served on board.
Although the trains will be 59 percent full, ticket prices will not change, according to the local newspaper ‘Hurriyet’. In addition, the use of masks and hygiene measures for the use of the services is “indispensable”.