The Chinese contractors on the project of construction of the high-speed rail from Belgrade to Novi Sad and Subotica have announced that the first section, from Belgrade to Stara Pazova, will be completed by the end of September.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic began the control of the works on the future railway, for a speed up to 200 km/h, on the section Belgrade Center-Stara Pazova, where he got a promise from the Chinese companies that the railway would be completed by the end of September and that it would be operational by the end of the year.
Also, when asked by the president when the construction of the final section of the high-speed railway from Novi Sad to the Hungarian border was to begin, the Chinese companies said that the works would begin on September 1.
Works are currently being done on the sections from Belgrade to Stara Pazova (34.5 km) by Chinese companies CCCC and CRI and from Stara Pazova to Novi Sad (40.4 km) by the Russian RZD International.
The project for the Belgrade Center-Stara Pazova section, envisages a full reconstruction and modernization of the building and power infrastructure, raising the speed at the Belgrade Center-Batajnica section to 120 km/h and at the Batajnica-Stara Pazova section to 200 km/h.
RZD International announced that it would start building the new rail dispatch center for rail management in Serbia in September. The first deputy director of RZD International, Mansurbek Sultanov, announced that the agreement on the first phase of the project would be signed in June and that the physical works would start in September.
– A fast train will operate on this railway, with only one stop, and a ride will take half an hour, whereas the other train will have nine stops and this ride will take 52 minutes – Vucic said, Beta reports.
The total value of the construction of the Belgrade-Budapest railway through Serbia is around USD 2 billion, and the railway through Serbia will be around 184 kilometers long.
The project of a fast railway from Belgrade to Budapest was agreed between Serbia, China and Hungary within China’s global initiative “Belt and Road”.
The Stara Pazova-Novi Sad section includes the construction of the two-way Cortanovci Tunnel of a total length of 2.2 kilometers, as well as a viaduct of 3 kilometers.
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