The European Investment Bank awarded Croatia a EUR 10 million funding for the modernisation of Vinkovci – Vukovar railway line.
With a total investment of EUR 77 million, the project envisages the modernisation and electrification of the 18.7 km single line. Under the project, all necessary works will be performed for the civil-engineering, control-command, signaling and interlocking and power subsystems.
In addition, Vukovar-Borovo naselje and Vukovar railway stations and uštar and Bršadin-Lipovača stops will be renewed. The parking lots for personal cars and bicycles will be arranged, easier access to the persons with reduced mobility enabled, and for the sake of noise protection of the residents who live by the railway line, the noise barriers will be constructed. Installation of the up-to-date system of traffic signalization and telecommunications and construction of the pedestrian underpasses will enhance the safety of all participants in the traffic.
Following the modernization, the Vinkovci – Vukovar rail section will be adapted for the maximum train speed of 120 km/h, which will shorten the journey by 50 percent. Passenger transport will take 20 minutes and in the freight transport 30 minutes between the two cities.
In March, HŽ Infrastruktura signed a works’ supervision contract for the upgrade and electrification of the railway section with the consortium of Rubicon Engineering and SPC Engineering Ltd. from Bulgaria. The contract has a value of HRK 10.26 million (EUR 1.38 million).
The Grant Agreement for modernization of this rail section in the total value of HRK 677.7 million (EUR 91.27 million) and eligible costs in the amount of HRK 516.3 million (EUR 69.54 million) was signed in May 2018 by the Ministry of Transport, Central Finance and Contracting Agency and HŽ Infrastruktura. The project is co-financed by the European Union from the Operational programme “Competitiveness and Cohesion”, Cohesion fund with 85 percent and by Croatian Government with 15 percent.
The rail section capacity will be enhanced and the access to the Port of Vukovar will be improved. Being situated on the TEN-T Corridor Rheine-Danube, in this way the port will have a quality connection with the Corridor RH1. Modernisation of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar will contribute to the economic development of the local community and recovery of the eastern part of Slavonia.