Istanbul Metro - Kirazlı-Halkalı line

Matea Uhlik Vidović, 04.07.2016.
The Kirazlı-Halkalı Metro line, which is designed 9.7 kilometers length in total, is part of the metro network on the European part of Istanbul. It is foreseen as the major mass rapid transit system on the western side of the Istanbul Metropolitan Area (IMA). Actually, this will be the extension of the already existing M1B Metro line, currently operating between Aksaray-Otogar- Kirazlı stations. The new extension is mainly in the East-West direction and allows connecting and closing the East- West lines, M1 metro line and Marmaray railway line.


Fig. 1 Stations along Kirazlı-Halkalı Metro line

The new metro extension line starting from the Kirazlı station (East end, already existing in operation) and ending at the Halkalı station (West end, near the homonymous Marmaray station). The owner of this is project is Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The cost of the work will jump to the amount of 900 milion euros. It consists of 7.6km of underground metro line (double-tube, single-track tunnels) and 2.5km of viaduct. The main interconnections along the line are (from East towards West): connection to the M3 Kirazlı-MetroKent/Olimpiyat Parkı metro line (officially on service from 2013) at Kirazlı station; connection to the Havalimanı – İkitelli metro line (currently under design) at Mimar Sinan station and connection to the rail line “Marmaray” (under renovation and/or reconstruction) at Halkalı station. The commission date is planned for 2019.

3 years for construction
The expectation is that Kirazli – Halkali subway line will reduce the traffic congestion which will pass through Kucukcekmece, Bahcelievler and Bagcilar districts. The tender for Kirazli-Halkali metro line construction and electromechanical works is open and valid till 18.07.2016. This tender includes construction work for an underground transfer center (Parking) and storage area. The 9.7 km long metro line consisting also of 9 stations on the Istanbul European side. 6 stops of the subway line will be built in underground, 2 stops will be partly underground and 1 stop will be built on a viaduct. After signing the contract, post-delivery will be done within 15 days after which there will be 1080 calendar days to complete the whole project.