Turkey to press ahead with Bosporus tunnel project – report

Turkey will press ahead with plans to build a road and rail tunnel under the Bosporus, Star newspaper reported.

The government is expected to announce a public tender to build the tunnel and related infrastructure in December and hold an auction early next year, Star reported, without saying where it got the information.

Turkey has pledged to halt new infrastructure projects as part of a plan to reduce inflation and stabilise the economy following a currency crisis earlier this year. But local elections are due in March, raising concern that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) may be tempted to spend more to ensure it retains key seats in the big cities.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a former mayor of Istanbul, first announced plans for the tunnel in 2015. The project also includes a 30.2 km metro line and 16 km of roads.

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