CONNECTA starts the technical assistance for Revision of the Analysis of Options and Update of the Cost Benefit Analysis on the Niš-Belgrade railway in Serbia

To mark the start of CONNECTA’s sub-project ‘Revision of the Analysis of Options and Update of the Cost Benefit Analysis including sensitivity tests on the Niš-Belgrade railway in Serbia, section Stalać-Djunis’, despite the COVID-19 crisis the kick off meeting was held on 15 April via videoconference.

The railway section Stalać-Djunis of approximately 18 km single track is part of the main railway line Belgrade – Niš, thus part of SEETO Corridor X and the indicative extension of the Core TEN-T rail network in the Western Balkans. The feasibility study with preliminary design for rehabilitation and modernization of the existing railway track and construction of a second track on the section Stalać-Djunis have been completed with the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) grant.

The objective of CONNECTA’s assignment, which builds on the previous WBIF assistance, is to carry out an up to date comparison of the main alternatives assessed at the level of the entire line Belgrade-Niš in order to review/reconfirm the preferred investment option for the section Stalać-Djunis. The upgrade of the existing single rail track line on the section Stalać-Djunis to double track and the alignment adjustments will enable speeds up to 160 km/h, increase rail capacity and improve safety conditions along the route.

The rehabilitation of this section is being planned in parallel with other sections of the Belgrade-Niš line and the investment is intended for future WBIF funding. The investment is part of an overall effort to modernize and sustainably develop the Serbian core railway transport system, ensuring an efficient railway links amongst the Western Balkans partners as well as between the latter and the EU

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Additional information on the assignment can be obtained by contacting Chris Germanacos, CONNECTA Team Leader, at chris.germanacos@connecta-ta.eu .