The railway stretch connecting Samsun to national rail network opened yesterday.
The Samsun-Kalin railway, which was kept closed due to renewal project since 5 years opened yesterday. The 378-km-long railway is now signalized and trains can move faster. The travel time between Samsun and Sivas is now almost half, about 5 hours.
The bottlenecks of the line was upgraded. With higher speed and signalization, rail capacity increases by 150% reaching to 51 trains/day. The main stations on way were renewed and become disabled-friendly.
The line was closed in 2015 June. Contract deadline was set as 900 days, but delayed almost 2.5 years.
The railway connects Samsun Port, one of the important ports of Black Sea, to Turkish cities. The rail ferry used to run between Samsun and Kavkaz ports, getting an important share from Turkey-Russia rail freight. Before closure, Samsun-Sivas, Samsun-Amasya, Amasya-Hacibayram and Amasya-Havza trains used to give service on this line. After pandemic restrictions ended, passenger trains will restart on Samsun railway.
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