Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Europe and Asia connected by tunnel - a historical project

Today, the Marmaray tunnel train was opened for public. For 2 million istanbul commuters crossing the bosporus daily this will hopefully come as a big relief. The existing bridges are usually jammed with traffic, not only during rush hours.

The tunnel has a length of just under 14 km and the new train line has a total of 75 km connecting the european with the asian side of istanbul.

Local newspaper Hürriyet (english) has an article about the tunnel.

here is a nice animation of the construction:

and here a video of the works.

and of course: discovery channel made a documentary.

more info on wikipedia

Congratulations Istanbul!

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