The details of the 3 storey third tube tunnel project, which will link Anatolia and Europe announced with the participation of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and ministers, are also an important sign of a new era for Istanbul. From now on, more effective use will be made of the ground, air and sea in order to surpass the transport problems in the mega-city.
The government, which has taken steps in the face of the insufficiency of the mass transport systems in the city which has a population of 20 million, where the IETT carries close to 4 million people every day and is also supported by railway systems and other forms of mass transport, has rolled up its sleeves in order to make transport from Anatolia to Europe or vice-versa, more comfortable.
The two continents will become connected with a three storey tunnel, which will be the first of its kind in the world.
According to 2023 transport model projections, the road traffic on the Bosphorus Bridge – E-5 axis and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge TEM axis will increase yet further.
The metro tunnel, which will begin at Bakırköy İncirli and run as far as Söğütlüçeşme on the Anatolian side, will reduce the density of vehicles on the TEM highway axis and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, will pass underneath the Bosphorus as a single tunnel rather than separate individual tunnels.
All roads will lead to the 3 storey Great Istanbul Tunnel, which will bring together 9 different railway lines on one line and from which 6.5 million people will benefit as a result. The giant tunnel, which will be integrated with the metro, will ensure savings in both time and fuel.
The giant tunnel, which will bring together highways and a railway system within the same tunnel, 110 meters underneath the Bosphorus, will reduce the time it takes to get from İncirli to Söğütlüçeşme to 40 miutes.
Here are the districts where the Istanbul Tunnel will pass through: