In 2009, the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) operated the first High Speed Line between Ankara and Eskişehir. It was the first High Speed Line in the Middle-East region. Since then, new High Speed lines have been operated in Turkey, such as Ankara-Konya in 2011 or Ankara-Istanbul in 2014. With several other lines under construction or in project, Turkey is now a full member of the High Speed rail community.

Other ambitious projects for high speed links are also being developed in several countries of the Middle-East. Worldwide, 34,000 km of high speed lines are currently in operation, and more than 15 billion passengers have already been carried by high speed trains at global level – twice the world’s population.

It is our greatest honour and pleasure to announce that the next UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail, the largest international Congress and exhibition devoted to High Speed Rail in the world, will be held in May 2018 in Ankara.

The Congress was initiated by the International Union of Railways (UIC) in 1992. Twenty-five years later, this 10th edition will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all High Speed Rail professionals including decision makers, authorities, railway industry, railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, research institutes, universities and others to envision the future worldwide.

We are convinced that the 10th edition of UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail in Ankara will meet all expectations and confirm its vocation as a unique platform at world level to benchmark and exchange on all issues and challenges connected with high speed rail transportation and its benefits for market and society.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you in Ankara in May 2018.

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