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Ispartakule - Çerkezköy Railway Project



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ESIA disclosed:

01 Jun 2021



Approval date:

10 Nov 2021

Project description

The Ispartakule- Çerkezköy Railway Project is being developed by the General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments (AYGM). The Project is a part of the new high-speed railway (the Halkali - Kapikule railway line) between Istanbul and Kapikule near the Bulgarian border. The Halkali - Kapikule railway line will connect Turkey’s railway network with the Trans European Transport Network (“TEN-T”) through Bulgaria and will, therefore, set a milestone for the railway connectivity between Turkey and the EU countries.

The Project involves the construction of a 67 km section of new high-speed railway line from Ispartakule to Çerkezköy: 200 km/h max design speed, double track, electrified railway and the required systems including ERTMS Level 1, power supply and auxiliaries. Halkali –Kapikule railway line is composed of Phase 1 (Çerkezköy-Kapikule) and Phase 2 which also has 2 sections (Halkali-Ispartakule and Ispartakule-Çerkezköy). 

Phase 1 (which is under construction) and Halkali – Ispartakule section of Phase 2 will not be part of the Project financed by the Bank.

ESIA Disclosure Package

The Project is categorised “A” under EBRD's Environmental and Social Policy (2014) as it has the potential to have significant environmental and social (E&S) impacts associated with the construction and operation of a long-distance railway line.  A comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and associated documents have been developed, followed by their public disclosure for a minimum period of 120 days.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions for public gatherings the Client has revised the stakeholder engagement activities for the disclosure period and alternative engagement approaches have been identified in the SEP, which has been disclosed by the Client and the Bank.

Environmental and Social Action Plan: English | Turkish

Non-Technical Summary: English | Turkish

Stakeholder Engagement Plan: Turkish | English

Resettlement Action Plan and GLAC: English | Turkish

ESIA Package English

ESIA Package Turkish

Full ESIA availability

Full ESIA documentation

General Directorate of Infrastructure Investments
Hakkı Turayliç Caddesi No:5 Emek Çankaya Ankara


EBRD Resident Office, Istanbul Resident Office, Büyükdere Caddesi, 185  Kanyon Ofis Binası, Kat: 2,  Levent,  34394 Istanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 212 386 1100


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This document was prepared at an early stage of project development, before consideration by the EBRD Board of Directors. Details of a project may change following disclosure.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and ESIA summaries are produced by project sponsors, and the EBRD makes them available without any comment or implied endorsement. Any views expressed or statements made in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment or the ESIA Summary do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the EBRD.

Last updated 25 June 2014

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