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Bosphorus rail tunnel opens

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially open the submersed tube rail tunnel below the Bosphorus later today linking Europe and Asia.

Construction of the $4bn (£2.5M) rail link started in 2004 but the concept was first mooted in 1860 by an Ottoman sultan Abdoul Medjid.

The 1.1km submersed tunnel is part of a 13.6km tunnel, of which $1bn (£625,000)of the construction costs have been funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

The tunnel is part of a wider rail upgrade – the Marmaray project - underway in Turkey and officials have confirmed that the tunnel will not be fully operational following today’s opening.

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