EU funds for Divaca-Koper project

The European Commission announced that it will invest EUR 109.03 million in the construction of the second track of the Divaca-Koper railway line. The funds are being provided under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) blending call launched in February this year.
According to the EC, Slovenia had originally applied for EUR 163.5 million in CEF funding, while the total cost of the project is EUR 545.1 million.
In September, Slovenia’s government announced it can move ahead with its plans to build a second track of the Divaca-Koper railway line following the positive outcome of a referendum, during which over 53% of voters pledged support for the project.
The existing Divaca-Koper line does not meet the standards for the core network which were adopted by the Council of the EU in 2012 and are expected to be implemented by 2030. When the second railway track becomes operational, the distance covered by freight will be reduced from 44.3 km to 27 km on the Divaca-Koper section, the journey time will decrease from 43-48 minutes to 15-21 minutes, train speed will increase to 100 km/h and the capacity of the railway connection will increase to some 220 trains per day.

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