The year 2021, in terms of transport, was comparable to the bypass route around Belgrade. It was a bypass route that we were waiting for, but the one around Cacak (Preljina-Pakovrace). The first, optimistic, expectations were that it was going to be completed by the second half of December, but it was then postponed for 2022, just like the Belgrade-Novi Sad fast railway. Realistically, it’s no problem for something to be a little late if it is done right – a recently deceased local politician gained infamy by always claiming his projects were finished before the deadline.
People seem to know that these announcements have more to do with the upcoming election and consequently didn’t pay much attention to the new railway and trains. It’s no wonder, as travel by train seems to have become a thing of a distant past in Serbia, and most younger people have no way of knowing why Lapovo and Stalac were important places. Most residents of Belgrade would have trouble finding the black hole that is the current so-called “Belgrade Center” Railway Station on the map.
Let’s look at the list:1. Belgrade Subway and Suburban Railway
The construction of the subway system, financially by far the most valuable individual investment so far, has been approached by eKapija as a topic of utmost importance, as is proper, whereas the public is mostly divided between the “it’s not happening” crowd and those who parrot the propaganda. Our approach is to cast light on the controversial points and uncertainties in the plans, which has made eKapija the leading source of news about the truly controversial Belgrade Subway problem.
So: why does the first subway line pass so close to Prokop, yet so far away from it
and why do the lines cross beneath the removed railway station; what’s more important, the Clinical Center of Serbia or the Sava Square; what about the existing large settlements
if we direct the routes too much toward free building land; what were the criticisms of the Faculty of Civil Engineering regarding this project
and why does this academic institution believe that the plan from 1981 better meets the needs of modern Belgrade than the current plan; what will the stations look like?
– these and other questions were written about in eKapija’s articles, and our portal also put the subject in focus, which also proved to be a popular section.
A large number of you also read about the “Belgrade Diameters
” project (which is being negotiated with the Russians and which pertains to suburban railway lines which pass through the city) and the plans for the expansion of the Belgrade tram network, as part of the declared intention of the city authorities to make rail traffic the backbone of the public transport system of Belgrade
.2. Preljina-Pozega Highway
The continuation of the construction of the Milos Veliki highway toward the country’s southwest, as expected, drew a lot of interest. We have already said that the traffic on the outer bypass route around Cacak (Preljina-Pakovrace) should open soon, which is supposed to unload the inner, so far the only one, narrow route with those terrible traffic lights. It’s going to take a lot of boring to get to Pozega, however
. Even if all the Chinese companies joined forces, they wouldn’t be able to push the tunnels through the Jelica mountain as far as the local authorities would like.