Istanbul’s mayor has announced construction of a new tram line between the centre of Istanbul and the district of Alibeyköy in the north of the city’s metropolitan area.

With a total length of about 12 kilometres, the line will comprise 18 stations.

It is expected that the new line will be completed in 30 months, and will have a peak capacity of 25 000 passengers per hour.

A cycle path and green way will also be incorporated into the construction of the new line to encourage other forms of sustainable mobility such as walking and cycling.