Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said that the works on the Samsun-Sivas railway line, which was closed due to renovation and modernization works on 29 September 2015, have come to an end.
Minister Karaismailoğlu, who started to build in the first years of the Republic and started to operate in 1932, gave information about the works carried out since 2015 on the Samsun-Sivas (Kalın) railway line and stated that the entire infrastructure and superstructure of the 378 km line was renewed.
'' All Infrastructure and Superstructure of the 378 Km Line was Renewed and a Signal System at EU Standards Was Made ''
Within the scope of the project, Karaismailoğlu explaining that the signal system was built in European Union standards, “We have started trial runs in the biggest railway modernization project of our country. Currently, our test drives continue with a total of 2 tons of cargo, 6 locomotives, 1 freight wagons and 500 personnel wagon. Our line will start the test runs on May 1, 4 by completing the test drives as of May 2020, ”he said.
"40 Historical Bridges Have Been Restored"
Minister Karaismailoğlu explained that 40 historical bridges were restored as part of the modernization of the Samsun-Sivas (Kalin) line, which is one of the two railway lines of the Black Sea opening to Anatolia and built to connect Samsun Port to the Central Anatolia Region. Explaining that the platform width of the railway infrastructure was renewed with the improvement of 6.70 meters with the project, Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that they have made improvements in 12 tunnels and that the rail, traverse, ballast and truss superstructure of the line has been changed.
“There will be a 50 percent increase in line capacity after modernization”
Emphasizing that there will be a 50 percent increase in line capacity after modernization, Karaismailoğlu said, “We aim to open this line to commercial trials in this period when we need safe transportation due to the coronavirus epidemic, and start to carry the needs of our citizens over this line in the fastest and safest way.” he said.