Turkey opened world’s first Underwater Rail Link between two Continents

Oct 29, 2013 10:30 IST

Turkey on 29 October 2013 opened world’s first underwater rail link that connects Asia and Europe. The length of the rail link is 13 kilometers and is about 60 meters below the Bosphorus Strait. Named Marmaray tunnel is the first world’s subway to connect two continents. The Tunnel is engineered to withstand the earthquakes.

Marmaray tunnel
The railway tunnel beneath the Bosporus Strait has been opened in Turkey and has created the link between the Asian with European shores of Istanbul.  

The rail link was inaugurated on the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. This project of development of the undersea rail link was visualized in 1860 by an Ottoman Sultan. The work on the tunnel started in the year 2004 but the construction was delayed because of archeological excavation. Marmaray will carry the subway commuters in the biggest city of Europe and eventually serve high-speed and freight trains.

The tunnel project of 2.8 billion dollar was financed by the Japan Bank for International Co-operation.


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