The strange project of the moving of the Main Bus Station
due to the Belgrade Waterfront project placed eighth
. A structure was built in New Belgrade near the railway station and the flee market, which should have been a temporary bus station, but a new bus platform and parking lot were built for inter-city bus transport soon afterward – in the Belgrade Waterfront area! It is now clear that the main bus station will remain where it`s always been, at least for a while, unlike the Main Railway Station, which we`ve lost.
The opinion of the editor-in-chief of eKapija is that, when it comes to transportation, the year 2018 was marked by the removal of the Main Railway Station from the center of Belgrade. Aside from to the capital of Serbia, only Tirana has done so. This valuable resource should never have been lost, especially now that fuel prices have gone up and when there`s a scarcity of bus drivers in the labor market. Unlike the Belgrade from 130 years ago, today`s Belgrade stands out for all the wrong reasons – it`s a city without a railway station that could meet even the basic requirements.
The continuation of the construction of the bypass route around Belgrade
took the ninth spot
. The Azerbaijani and the Chinese should finally make it possible to reach Nis from Novi Sad, while avoiding Mostarska Petlja and Autokomanda. However, readers shouldn`t have any illusions: the Gazela bridge only has a small percentage of vehicles in transit at the rush hour in the afternoon – the rest is intercity traffic. In other words, traffic jams in Belgrade will not disappear once this bypass route is completed.
The Morava Corridor placed tenth
. Serbia made an agreement on its construction with an American giant, Bechtel
The expansion of the tram network in Belgrade
to include the Ada Bridge did not make the Top 10, although, in our opinion, its belongs there. The public transport in Belgrade is one of the biggest consumers of resources. The loss of GSP`s buses is measured in hundreds of millions of euros. On the other hand, when there are enough passengers (as is the case with Belgrade), rail traffic is much cheaper than road traffic. If there is no money for the subway, there`s certainly enough for tram traffic.
The Nis-Pristina highway, pompously called the Peace Highway
, is next on the list. Although there is no actual war, there are sanctions of Pristina when it comes to Serbia goods. If Belgrade gave up on this highway, however, it would hurt Prokuplje and Kursumlija most of all.
The 13th spot
belongs to the long announced Novi Sad-Sabac-Loznica highway
. We hope that the unfortunate placing doesn`t mean that this project will meet the same fate as the “wartime” railway between Loznica and Valjevo.
The first phase of the Belgrade-Sarajevo highway
, from Kuzmin to Sremska Raca, placed 14th