Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure has reopened the 49 km Grosuplje – Kočevje line for freight traffic, after ten years since the line was closed. EUR 100 million is the total value of the project.
At Kočevje station, the Minister Alenka Bratusek has inaugurated the first train service on the reconstructed section, which is part of Ribnica-Kočevje line.
During 2016-2018 reconstruction works were carried out on the 12-km remaining part of the line between Ribnica and Kočevje, four stations and three stops were modernised. The value of these works amounted to EUR 18.32 million.
Passenger traffic will be allowed only after the signaling and telecommunication devices will be installed. This is part of the third project’s phase which was launched at the beginning of this year and covers the replacement and modernization of signal security and telecommunication devices as well as the existing level crossings. The works will be completed in 2020, when, after 50 years of closure, the passenger traffic will be reintroduced on the Grosuplje-Kočevje line.
The line was constructed in 1893 as part of the 70-km Ljubljana-Grosuplje-Kočevje route, of which the relevant section is part of regional line no. 82 Grosuplje-Kočevje.