Construction works on Divača-Koper railway project will start as the Act Regulating the Construction, Operation and Management was published in Slovenia’s Official Gazette.
“I am pleased that the Act enabling the construction of the second track in a way that will alleviate taxpayers to the greatest extent possible will finally enter into force,” Peter Gašperšič, Minister of Infrastructure said.
Two contractors for preparatory works were selected and the construction of access roads will be realised by the company 2TDK, which manages the project.
The Act on the second track was passed by the National Assembly in May 2017 and the citizens decided on it twice in the referendum.
For the implementation of the project, EUR 153 million were provided through European grants, and EUR 80 million were obtained under the Cohesion Fund.
The construction of the double-track will be will be carried out by building a 27-km section and, because of the difficult terrain and environmental constraints, 75% of its length will be built through 8 tunnels. The project also includes the construction of two viaducts and two bridges. Costs are estimated at around EUR 1 billion and works could be completed in 6 years.
When the line duplication project will be completed and commissioned, the distance between Divača and Koper will be reduced from 44 km to 27 km, while the travel time will be reduced from 48 minutes to 15-20 minutes.
The Minister of Infrastructure, Mr. Peter Gašperšič, explained the importance of the project in an interview with Railway PRO.
Also, here you can find an analysis on the project.