The ceremony for the completion of the Samsun-Sivas Railway Line Modernization Project was held in Samsun on November 1, 2020 with the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, TCDD General Manager Ali İhsan Uygun, TCDD Transport General Manager Kamuran Yazıcı and many officials. was carried out with the participation.
Sivas Governor Salih Ayhan, Sivas Deputy İsmet Yılmaz, TCDD Deputy General Managers and officials were present at the ceremony, which was held simultaneously with a live connection to Sivas Yıldızeli station.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Erdogan, Turkey 19 years in the big and powerful that he never left alone to struggle waged Samsun, said the investment, the project work and loyalty to Samsun said they were paying the effort.
Stating, “As a result of our investments, Samsun is looking at its future with greater hope than it was 18 years ago”, President Erdoğan noted that with its success in agriculture, tourism, industry and trade, Samsun is a source of inspiration not only for the surrounding provinces but also for the entire Black Sea region.
President Erdogan, Samsunlu farmers, telling industrialists and traders of all kinds of support is also given to them, eliminating deficiencies in the particular transport infrastructure, Samsun said that they tried to bring the case as a bridge between the western and eastern Turkey.
"We Reversed the Peculiar Fortune with the Projects We Realized in the Field of Transportation in 18 Years"
Pointing out that Samsun is the gateway to the entire Central Anatolia and south to the Black Sea, President Erdoğan said, “Unfortunately, Samsun has not been able to use the advantages of this central location for many years. In fact, a similar picture is valid for many other provinces of our country. Problems in transportation infrastructure have been one of the biggest obstacles to the development and development of our cities. The lack of land, air and rail networks has been felt by all segments of our society, especially our industrialists and traders. "We have reversed this maximal fortune, especially with the projects we have implemented in the field of transportation in the last 18 years."
Expressing that they managed to fit the services performed throughout the history of the Republic into 18 years, President Erdoğan said: “We have increased our divided road length from 6 thousand 100 kilometers to 27 thousand 715 thousand kilometers. We increased our highway length from 714 kilometers to 3 kilometers. We have completed many works from Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge to Osman Gazi Bridge, from Marmaray to Eurasia Tunnel, from Nissibi Bridge to Ilgaz 325 July İstiklal Tunnel, Ovit, Erkenek, Cankurtaran, Sabuncubeli Tunnel and put them into service of our nation. Thankfully, it was our chance to open the Bolu Tunnel, which was tendered in 15, its first diggings were hit in 1990, and 93 ministers were worn out, and when we came to office, it was discussed as a "potato warehouse". Our bridge and viaduct length has increased from 17 kilometers to 311 kilometers. The number of our airports has increased from 660 to 26 with an addition of 30, and the total annual passenger capacity of our airports has increased from 56 million to 60 million. Turkey is introducing the high-speed train technology, we deliver a total of 318 kilometers of new lines in service. We are the eighth country in the world and the sixth in Europe in the high-speed train business. "
"We Achieved to Establish Continuous Railway Connection from London to China with Strategic Projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway"
President Erdogan, declared that freight and passenger built high-speed railway lines can be made along the transport Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway as a strategic project with also from London they managed to establish a continuous rail link to China, all of Turkey's rail infrastructure was told they modernized.
Emphasizing that the length of the railway lines, which have been renewed in the last 18 years, has reached 11 kilometers, President Erdoğan said, “Anatolia was literally built from head to toe with iron nets in our period”.
Inaugurated in Samsun, Sivas Rehabilitation Project in Turkey's largest railway modernization investment has pointed out that President Erdogan, project-related gave the following information: "The total amount of 350 million euros finds this investment, 153 million euros of the European Union Grant Funds' It was met from. Within the scope of the project, the 431-kilometer railway line between Samsun and Sivas was renewed with all its infrastructure and superstructure. All of the historical bridges were restored by strengthening 42 of the 17 historical bridges. In addition, 37 bridges were demolished and rebuilt, while 121 level crossings were secured. While the existing 12 tunnels were upgraded, 19 passenger stops, 30 technical buildings, over a thousand culverts, one highway overpass, six overpasses and one pedestrian underpass were built.
President Erdoğan stated that while the line capacity was doubled with the project, the train traffic was made much safer, and that citizens living in Samsun, Amasya, Tokat and Sivas provinces had the opportunity to travel more comfortably and safely by rail.
"All 81 Provinces and Turkey with 83 Million People We Will Continue to Serve"
Stating that the travel time between Samsun and Sivas, which is 8 hours and 50 minutes by train, is reduced to 5 hours and 45 minutes, President Erdoğan concluded: “This investment will strengthen Samsun's regional center position and offer many economic and commercial opportunities to our citizens living on the line. I wish this investment, which was completed in about five years and which is one of the pride of our region, will be beneficial to Samsun, Amasya and Sivas. I congratulate everyone from our ministry, contractors, engineers and workers who contributed to bringing this work to our cities. Verdikçe life God, this Samsun in this body can endure, we will continue to serve the entire province of Turkey with 81 and 83 million people. "
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, in his speech at the ceremony, comprehensive studies to become Turkey's railway passenger and freight transportation in the effective and efficient stressed that they walked.
Karaismailoğlu said, “We change the face of our railways with our high-speed train lines with widening access lines, reconstructed conventional lines and modernized existing lines and equip them with modern technologies.
Today, one of the most important examples of our railway works, we are together for the opening of the 431-kilometer Sivas-Samsun railway line that connects Central Anatolia to the Black Sea. We renew Turkey's largest railway modernization project with a 431-kilometer Samsun, Sivas, all the infrastructure and superstructure of the railway. Within the scope of Samsun-Sivas line renovation works, we strengthened 42 of 17 historical bridges, restored all bridges, rebuilt 37 bridges, improved 12 tunnels, built 19 passenger stops, 30 technical buildings, 12 culverts, 121 level crossings. we ensured the security. We have completed one road overpass, 6 overpasses, one pedestrian underpass. We carried out the design and manufacture of traffic control, signaling at a remote management center and 431 stations on a 29-kilometer line. With the signaling system installed on our line, our capacity has doubled, our renewed line has become much more comfortable, safe and secure. "
"Logistics Transport in North South Corridor Will Accelerate"
Pointing out that the Samsun-Sivas railway line is the gateway of the Black Sea to Anatolia with freight and passenger transport, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “Thus, logistics transportation in the north-south corridor will gain momentum. Our renewed railway line has decreased from 8 hours 50 minutes to 5 hours and 45 minutes. Nearly 3 million people in Sivas, Tokat, Amasya and Samsun provinces will be able to travel more comfortably, economically and quickly. " said.
"We Complete Our Transportation and Infrastructure Investments One by One"
Karaismailoğlu Minister, stated that Turkey strengthened with the investment in terms of logistics, said:
“Our country's becoming a logistics superpower in its region will accelerate our goal of becoming one of the world's largest and powerful economies. With the awareness that our national independence passes through a strong economy, we complete our transportation and infrastructure investments that will contribute to economic vitality in every corner of our country. "
After the speeches, a live connection was established to the train station of Yıldızeli district of Sivas. Meeting with Sivas Governor Salih Ayhan, President Erdoğan ordered the train from Sivas to Samsun on the modernized line. President Erdogan then gave a departure order for the freight train from Samsun to Sivas.