Reconstruction and Modernization of Railway Line Stalac -Kraljevo – Rudnica, Serbia

Prefeasibility Study with General (Concept) Design.

The total length of Serbia’s railway network is 3,800 km, of which approximately ⅓ are electrified and only 275.5 km are double-tracked. The network includes 865 bridges, 311 tunnels and 697 stations and stops. The electrical and technical equipment dates back to 1969-2000.

The railway line Stalac – Kraljevo – Rudnica is single track, non-electrified line, has a total length of 149 km length, divided in two sections: Stalac – Kraljevo (72 Km, on Route 11) and Kraljevo – Rudnica (77 Km, on Route 10). The current operational speed allowed for trains is limited to 40Km/h on the section Stalac – Kraljevo and to 60 Km/hon the section Kraljevo – Rudnica, from an initial design speed of 60km/h for Stalac-Krusevac and 100km/h for Krusevac-Kraljevo.

The railway line is of strategic importance to Serbia for ensuring better transport facilities to the Port of Bar and to Pristina, Skopje and Greece. Currently, the railway line does not meet the AGC/AGTC standards, neither the minimum requirements.

The overall objective of the project is to safeguard the functionality of the railway line Stalac – Kraljevo– Rudnica, by aligning with the relevant standards as specified in TEN-T regulation, increase operational speed and reduce travel times, improve traffic safety and reliability of the railway infrastructure, and thus support the growth of passenger and freight traffic on the line.

More specifically, the Prefeasibility Study identifies an appropriate range of alternative solutions, evaluates and compares them from a functional, technical, economical, financial, spatial, environmental, and social point of view as basis for a sound selection and justification of the optimal option.

The Prefeasibility Study along with the General (Concept) Design is providing accurate data that also meet the detail requirements for use in planning documents and subsequent preparatory phases of the project.

As a long term result, the reconstruction and modernization of the railway line will contribute to the establishment of a regional and international passenger traffic of good quality and will ensure a good link for long distance traffic between the south of Serbia, *Kosovo, and Belgrade. In terms of freight traffic, it will address the needs of the local economy, primarily automobile and energy industries, as well as of other industries.

 

Client: European Investment Bank I Year: 2018-2019

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 Page 1 of 35 and ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.