Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic said today that Serbia invested a total of around EUR 6.5 billion in the modernization of railways and that a high-speed railway was also planned between Belgrade and Nis.
– Serbia is a transit country and, in order to connect with the region, it's not enough to have a high-speed railway through Vojvodina only. The plan is also to build a high-speed railway between Belgrade and Nis for speeds of up to 200 km/h, and from Nis to Presevo for speeds of up to 160 km/h. This will be a huge investment, worth around EUR 2 billion – it is said on the ministry's website.
Let us remind that the construction of a high-speed railway between Belgrade and Nis was announced in late 2019 by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who said that the railway would be a part of an important railway corridor between Athens and Budapest
Mihajlovic said that the works were going as planned and that she expected the trips between Belgrade and Novi Sad by rail to take around half an hour starting with September 2021.
– There were works on the sections between Belgrade and Novi Sad during the state of emergency too, where Russian and Chinese companies are employed. During the state of emergency, the right tube of the Cortanovci tunnel was bored through, the left one is to follow tomorrow – Mihajlovic said.
She added that there would be no road/rail crossings on the high-speed railways, which makes the traffic safer, while on the other hand around EUR 15 million is invested in developing the crossing at the regional railways.
According to her, in addition to road and rail infrastructure, enormous amounts are also being invested in the development of water transport, where the total value of the investments is around EUR 380 million.
Let us remind that a memorandum was signed with China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) envisaging the upgrade of the capacities on the sections of the Belgrade-Nis-Presevo-North Macedonian state border section. At the moment, CRBC is preparing a cost estimate for the construction of a new Resnik-Klenje-Mali Pozarevac-Mala Krsna-Velika Plana two-track railway, the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure told eKapija. More about this can be found in a separate article