HŽ Infrastruktura and Swietelsky d.o.o. signed a EUR 72.6 million (HRK 531 million) contract for the electrification of Zaprešić – Zabok railway line. The project is 85 per cent covered by the European funds.
The works for the 24-km rail section are planned to start this summer and should be completed by the end of 2021. The project also envisages the construction and upgrade of the line in order to ensure safe and efficient rail transport and the modernisation of railway stations and crossings.
The beginning of the works is planned during the summer of this year, and they will be completed by the end of 2021.
“This contract is part of our major rail investments projects which will be implemented under the Connecting Europe Facility,” Transport Minister Oleg Butkovic said.
The project will enable better railway connection from Zagorja (northern Croatia) to Zabreb, as after its completion the line is expected to be included in the suburban rail transport network of Zagreb.
Zaprešić-Zabok is a section of the Zagorje line, leading to Čakovec with a regional character and plays an important role in passenger transport in the area of Zagreb agglomeration. When completed, the passenger trains will run at speeds of 120 km/h, cutting by 50 per cent the travel time of express trains and by 30 per cent for regular passenger trains.
Under the project, Novi Dvori, Luka, Veliko Trgovišće and Zabok railway stations will be reconstructed, video surveillance system and audio notification for passengers will be implemented. New signalling and interlocking, and telecommunication devices, as well as traffic remote control devices will be installed on the section in order to secure preconditions for faster, but also safer train operations. 15 level crossings will be modernized by an automatic protection and synthetic flooring, four crossings will be redirected to neighbouring crossings by a connecting road, one will be removed, in order to increase maximum permitted speed of train operation and line capacity, as well as safety level at the intersection of railway lines and roads.