Mayor Topbaş set out details for the construction of five new metro lines during meetings for the discussion of the activity report at the Municipal Council. In fact, six new metro lines had been originally planned, Mr.Topbaş explained, but said the sixth one was still looking for a tender. Five of the new projects are ready for the signing of contracts and groundbreaking ceremonies will soon take place, he added.
Speaking at a municipal council meeting, Mayor Topbaş said every line in Istanbul will use the latest technological equipment, adding that the municipality’s works were "leading in the world."
He added that a new line connecting the Üsküdar –Ümraniye Çekmeköy line is also set to grow to be the first automatic driverless metro line in the country.
“This is a very advanced technology. It will be implemented for the first time in Istanbul across Turkey. Test drives are ongoing. When their processes are finished, we will bring the service to Istanbul,” Mr.Topbaş said.
Speaking about other planned new lines, the Istanbul mayor said the construction of one of them had still not started due to a disagreement in the tender.
The new lines will be as following: Başakşehir-Kayaşehir (6 km), Bağcılar-Kirazlı-Küçükçekme -Halkalı (9.7 km), Kaynarca-Pendik Tuzla (12 km), Çekmeköy-Sultanbeyli and Çekmeköy-Taşdelen (17.8 km) and Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe (13 km).
Mayor Topbaş also said the 400-kilometer long railway line will be finalized by the end of 2019.