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Turkey resumes intercity train operations after 2 months

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 28, 2020
Intercity train service resumed on a limited basis Thursday in Turkey as the government eases restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus.
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Service restarted following a two-month suspension with a high-speed train departing the capital, Ankara, for Istanbul at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT). Trains will make 16 trips daily, connecting the cities of Ankara, Istanbul, Konya and Eskisehir.

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The trains are operating at half-capacity, and passengers are being permitted on board only with a government-issued code certifying they are not being monitored for a suspected coronavirus infection.

Speaking at a ceremony at Ankara’s train station, Turkish Transportation Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, said travelers showing signs of illness would not be allowed on board. Any passenger exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms on a train will be taken to a special “isolation section” and handed over to health officials at the nearest station, he said.

No food or drinks will be served during the journey, the minister added.