“Orient Express”, Halkali-Kapikule High-speed railway line

High Speed Railways

Start of works


Progress status


Data updated to May 2021

Kapikule, Turkey
SDG Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile
Climate action Climate action
Industry innovation and infrastructure Industry innovation and infrastructure

Webuild has won a €530-million contract to build a 153-kilometre section of a new “Orient Express” high-speed railway in Turkey between Istanbul and the border with Bulgaria.

The line will belong to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) that connects member countries of the European Union. It will be a part of the Orient/East-Med Corridor, which connects Central Europe with ports of the North, Baltic, Black and Mediterranean seas.

The project will link the Halkali station to that of Kapikule with a double track that will supplant the existing single track. It will be for trains that can travel at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. The contract includes electrification, signalling and other auxiliary civil works related to that section of the line.

The project, overseen by the Directorate General of Turkish State Railways, will reduce travel times, increase safety and contribute to the development of the region.


Advantages and benefits of the work

Co2 emissions avoided per year

3,791,000 ton

Passengers expected per year