The modernization works of Samsun-Sivas (Kalın) Railway Line that was constructed during the first years of our republic within the scope of railway mobilization was started. The line that was put into service by Nuri Demirağ in 1932 is going to be modernized by domestic funds and a European Union grant.

A project with the largest cost outside of the EU borders
The Modernization Project of Samsun-Sivas (Kalın) Railway Line is the project, materialized by an EU grant, with the largest cost outside the European borders. For the modernization of the line, a 220 million euro EU grant has been assigned as well as a domestic fund of 39 million euro. The first rail removal of the project was done on September 29, 2015. When the project is complete, the substructure and superstructure standards are going to be increased and an innovative technology signalization system is going to be set.

Within the scope of the project, 48 historical bridges are going to be restored, 30 bridges and 1054 culverts are going to be rebuilt. The tunnels are going to be expanded and the station track lengths are going to be increased to 750 meters. All passenger platforms are going to be renewed according to the EU standards. The stations are going to be equipped with passenger information and announcing systems.

Samsun-Sivas reduced to 5 hours
By means of the project, which its completion is planned for the end of 2017, the travel time between Samsun and Sivas is going to be reduced to 5 hours from 9.5 hours. The daily capacity of the line, which is important both for passenger and freight transportation, is going to be increased to 54 from 21. As level crossings are going to be equipped with automatic barriers, the platforms located at stations and stops are going to be improved for disabled access in accordance with the EU standards.