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Briefing Travel

— Global


We test Turkey's new high-speed rail service and check upon the Shangri-La hotel in Tokyo. Plus there's our Chicago address book

Innovation, Turkey high speed rail

Station master - Turkey [high-speed rail]

Colourful names such as yildirim (lightning bolt) and turkuaz (turquoise) were suggested for Turkey’s new Yüksek Hizli Tren (high-speed train) which on 13 March began service from the capital, Ankara, to Eskisehir, a city 250km to the west filled with students and riverside cafés.

The train is scheduled to run eight times daily between the two cities, and will reduce the travel time from four hours to one hour 20 minutes. With its completion, this route marks the first phase of a grander, 533km project…


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