KARDEMIR, TURKEY -DECEMBER 04, 2011: Work on the ceiling of the battery when charging coke oven with coal, Turkey on December 2011. Kardemir Karabuk Iron and Steel Industry and Trade on December 2011

Modernizing the Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak railway line

Photo :  Samet Guler / Shutterstock.com KARDEMIR, TURKEY -DECEMBER 04, 2011: Work on the ceiling of the battery when charging coke oven with coal, Turkey on December 2011. Kardemir Karabuk Iron and Steel Industry and Trade on December 2011

The Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak railway line is Turkey's one of the most important railway freight corridor between the Black Sea and Anatolia.  The railway line has a clear specialization on the transport of industrial bulk material for few, but very important steel factories located along the line. The existing freight train services on the railway line are serving the steel factory in Karabük, the power plant and coal treatment plant in Çatalağzı and the port of Zonguldak. The railway line is connected in Irmak station with the remaining Turkish rail network.

Improvement of infrastructure and capacity of the existing railway line to EU standards will bring economic and regional development and increase the economic competitiveness of the region. The upgraded railway line will bring net economic benefits which are estimated around € 380 million for Turkey in 2010 values.

With the EU financed project, railway line was upgraded for faster, reliable and safer transport.  The railway line is now also offering safer and more efficient passenger services.

What has been concretely achieved in this line by the modernisation project?

-              Transport times reduced for passengers and freight

-              transport safety and comfort improved

-              transport reliability improved via digitalisation of train and station management

-              Operational train speeds increased from 35 km/h to 90 km/h     

-              Capacity of the line doubled

-              Operational costs reduced for users and operators

-              All stations have been renewed for accessibility of people with reduced mobility