Construction work for a new metro line on the Anatolian side of Istanbul is set to resume later this month, after the metropolitan municipality took a loan from Deutsche Bank.
The new line will connect the districts of Çekmeköy, Sancaktepe and Sultanbeyli. The project was initiated two years ago, but could not be completed due to a lack of funds.
Construction will resume with an official ceremony on Nov. 26 in Sancaktepe, with the participation of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, daily Sözcü reported on Nov. 21. The new line is expected to be opened for service by the end of 2022, the newspaper reported.
The new line, planned to span 10.9 kilometers with eight stations, will be integrated with the already existing Üsküdar-Ümraniye-Çekmeköy metro line.
The line will serve 65,000 passengers in one direction per hour and employ driverless trains. Also, an underground car park facility that will accommodate up to 336 vehicles will be constructed at the Samandıra Station.
İmamoğlu had paid a two-day visit to London last week for meetings with global finance industry representatives. He had said that the meetings would revolve around financing options for investments in Istanbul’s infrastructure projects, especially underground metro projects.