INEA’s director Dirk Beckers signed the agreement for the financing of Divača-Koper railway project. The EUR 109 million grant for Divača-Koper railway project was awarded under 2017 CEF Transport Blending call for proposals, and it will support the construction of the new second track along the entire line.
The grant was announced at the end of 2017 and the investment is to mobilise a total of EUR 436.1 million in public and private co-funding, EC estimates. With the support of Infrastructure Ministry, the project company 2TDK d.o.o. submitted in July 2017 the application for a EUR 165.54 million European co-financing. The total value of the declared works amounts to EUR 545.13 million and the co-financing share of the tender accounts for 30% of the eligible costs.
The project should be completed by the end of 2023.
Currently, the single-track conventional Divača-Koper railway line is a bottleneck on the Mediterranean and Baltic-Adriatic core network corridors, hindering freight access to the Port of Koper.
The project envisages the construction of the second track, and seven tunnels, which are key infrastructure components of the line’s second track. It will to improve capacity, safety and reliability of the railway line, as well as to increase the travel speed.
After the completion of the project, the travel distance between both cities will get shorter, from 44.3 km to 27 km and the travel speed will increase from 75 to up to 160 km/h for passenger trains, and for freight trains up to 100 km/h. This will lead to considerable reduction of travel times from 43-48 to 15-21 minutes. The construction of the new second track will also significantly increase the capacity of the Divača-Koper rail line from 90 to approximately 220 trains per day.