Samsun-Amasya and Amasya-Havza regional trains, which were suspended for a while due to road improvement works, started to operate again with a ceremony.
To the ceremony held at Amasya Train Station on 21 June; Amasya Governor Mustafa Masatlı, Amasya Mayor Mehmet Sarı, TCDD Transportation General Manager Hasan Pezük, TCDD Deputy General Manager İsmail Çağlar, railwaymen and citizens attended.
In his speech at the ceremony held at Amasya Train Station, Amasya Governor Mustafa Masatlı said that they are happy to resume regional train services between Amasya-Samsun and Amasya-Havza after a break of about 7 years.
“The start of train services will contribute to the economy and tourism of the region”
Amasya Mayor Mehmet Sarı pointed out that the railway occupies an important place in their culture and said, “I would like to thank everyone who contributed on behalf of the people of Amasya for the investment made in Amasya. I think that the start of train services will contribute to the economy and tourism of the region. I wish it brings good luck to Amasya.” he said.
In his speech at the ceremony, TCDD Transport General Manager Hasan Pezük said, “On the anniversary of the Amasya Circular on June 22, 1919, when the integrity of the homeland and the independence of the nation were loudly announced to the whole world, I commemorate Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and all our martyrs and heroes with mercy, gratitude and gratitude. Bless their souls. ' he began.
“With high-speed trains, 33 percent of the country's population is served directly, and 47 percent of the population is served by bus and conventional trains.”
Pezuk emphasized that great investments have been made in the railway sector with the railway priority policies that have been carried out for 20 years, and that it is aimed to bring the transportation systems, including the main backbone of the railway, to an integrating structure and said:
“Our railway transportation is progressing day by day with the projects implemented in line with the objectives of the construction of high-speed and high-speed railway lines, the renewal and modernization of the existing system, the opening of the railway train operation to the private sector, and the development of the domestic and national railway industry.
TCDD Tasimacilik, the leading brand of railway train management, operates trains in a total of 1213 kilometers of railway network, of which 219 kilometers is high-speed, 11 kilometers is fast and 590 thousand 13.022 kilometers is conventional.
With the high-speed trains operated on the Ankara-Istanbul, Ankara-Konya-Karaman, Ankara-Eskişehir and Karaman-Konya-Istanbul lines, 33 percent of the country's population is served directly, while 47 percent of the population is connected to buses and conventional trains.
“We aim to increase the number of our passengers, which was 164 million before the pandemic, to over 2022 million in 190.”
Serving an average of 25 thousand passengers a day with high-speed trains, TCDD Tasimacilik transports 45 thousand passengers a day on mainline and regional trains, 35 thousand passengers a day on Başkentray, and an average of 505 thousand passengers a day on Marmaray.
We aim to increase the number of our passengers, which was 164 million before the pandemic, to over 2022 million in 190.”
Pointing out that they attach special importance to regional trains, Pezük stated that the economic, social and cultural life of regional cities, which serve in 37 cities from the west to the east of our country, has revived.
Stating that the regional trains, which serve an average of 33 thousand citizens per day, carry 2022 million passengers in the first 6 months of 5.3, Pezük said that passengers who have to commute daily between close and medium distance cities for their needs such as business, education and visit, save both time and money by using regional trains. He stated that he also experienced the confidence, comfort and convenience provided by trains.
TCDD Transportation General Manager Hasan Pezük, who also touched on freight transportation, said that the railways supported the continuity of trade by standing by the manufacturers, industrialists and exporters during the period when the borders were closed, especially during the pandemic period, and the road transport and thus the trade came to a standstill.
“In 2021, we broke all-time records in both domestic and international transportation”
Pezuk continued his speech as follows:
“As a result, all-time records were broken in both domestic and international transportation in 2021. Reaching 2021 million tons in 33,2, it was the best transport of all time, an increase of 11 percent compared to the previous year. Our international shipments amounted to 4,3 million tons and increased by 24 percent. There was an 80 percent increase in our BTK line freight transports, a 23 percent increase in our Europe-directed cargo transports, and a 7 percent increase in our Iran-directed cargo transports. With the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line and Marmaray, uninterrupted railway transportation is provided between European and Asian countries, thus increasing the efficiency of our country in global trade. Today, our freight trains travel from China to Turkey on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line and the Middle Corridor called the Iron Silk Road in 12 days, passing through the Marmaray Bosphorus Tube Passage to reach Europe in 18 days and to Russia in 8 days. Efforts are underway to reduce Thus, reducing transportation costs, which have a significant share in production costs, and ensuring that our industrialists deliver their products to the markets economically and quickly, increases competitiveness, while making a significant contribution to the development of the country.
“ 431 km line completely renewed”
Providing information about the Samsun-Sivas railway line, Pezük stated that with the Rehabilitation Project of the Samsun-Kalın Railway Line, which was started to be built in 1924 and put into operation in 1931 and was almost untouched until 2015, the infrastructure and superstructure of the 431-kilometer line were renewed and opened to freight transportation on November 1, 2020. reminded.
Noting that the line, whose line capacity and capability has been increased with an investment of 350 million Euros, has a very strong function at the connection point to the Black Sea, since it is a line that goes both to the east and south axis, Pezuk said, “With 200 freight trains per day, 91 thousand tons of cargo. Samsun-Sivas railway line, which is one of the most important freight corridors of our organization, is one of the most important routes of our country's export and import with its connection to Samsun Port. said.
“It is expected to serve 200 thousand passengers annually”
In fact, Pezuk stated that they are very happy with the regional trains starting their services again as of today, and ended his speech as follows:
“The resumption of passenger transportation on the Samsun-Amasya line was delayed a bit due to the pandemic and even the ongoing technical studies. We are happy to restart the regional train operation between Samsun-Amasya with a length of 133 kilometers and Amasya-Havza with a length of 47 kilometers, which has been modernized between Sivas and Samsun, in a more comfortable way than before.
These regional trains, which are expected to serve 200 thousand passengers a year, will make 2 trips between Samsun-Amasya-Samsun in the morning and evening, and a total of 6 trips between Amasya-Havza-Amasya.
We aim to provide a comfortable, economical and comfortable transportation service to our passengers with our diesel train sets with 4 wagons and a capacity of 262 people in both lines. Good luck.”