The European Investment Bank announced that will evaluate Croatia’s Vinkovci – Vukovar line modernisation project, which has a total value of EUR 77 million.
EIB proposed funding is EUR 10 million. In 2018 a grant agreement was signed by the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Central Finance and Contracting Agency, and HŽ Infrastruktura. The agreement has a total value of EUR 92 million (HRK 678 million) with EUR 70 million (HRK 516 million) as eligible costs. The Project is co-financed by the European Union from the Operational programme “Competitiveness and Cohesion”, Cohesion fund with 85 percent and by Government of the Republic of Croatia with 15 percent.
The project envisages the modernisation and electrification of an 18.7 km section which will be adapted for the maximum train speed of 120 km/h, which will shorten the journey by 50 percent.
Under the project, works will be performed for the entire reconstruction and renewal of the existing single-track railway line, the renewal of two stations (Vukovar-Borovo naselje and Vukovar) and two stops Nuštar and Bršadin-Lipovača. Also, under the project all of necessary works on the civil-engineering, control-command, signaling and interlocking and power subsystems will be performed.
In March, HŽ Infrastruktura signed a works’ supervision contract for the upgrade and electrification of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar with the consortium of economic entities Rubicon Engineering and SPC Engineering Ltd. from Bulgaria, in the amount of EUR 1.4 million (HRK 10.26 million).
After works will be completed, the journey in passenger transport will take 20 minutes and in the freight transport 30 minutes.
The project will enable an increase of the volume of the rail transport and transshipment operations in the Port of Vukovar and better connection of the rail passenger transport of the Vukovar-Srijem County with the main traffic corridors and other counties, and will have a particularly positive impact on the comfort and safety of the journeys as a part of the daily migrations of the passengers.
Being situated on the TEN-T Corridor Rheine-Danube, in this way the port will have a quality connection with the Corridor RH1, the former Paneuropean Corridor X.