Fast trains that will commute between Belgrade and Novi Sad will most likely be double-deckers, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, said on Saturday.
A one-way ticket will cost around 8 euro or 1,000 dinars.
The tender for the acquisition of the three train cars was announced in February and the deadline for its completion is March 15. The first train is expected to arrive in October. The first passengers will be able to travel this route at a speed of up to 200 kilometres per hour by the end of this year. It is estimated that the journey between the two cities should take about 27 minutes.
The train will be like those already used in Austria, on the Vienna-Salzburg line. They are about 150 metres long and have about 500 seats. They will be painted in the colours of the Serbian flag.
The Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure announced the public tender for procurement of three electric trains. The delivery deadline for the first one is October 31 and for the remaining two December 31.
The tendering documents stipulate that trains have to be at least 100 metres long, and must have a minimum of 300 first- and second-class seats. The floor and side walls must have heating elements, windows have to be equipped with safety glass, and must meet heat and sound insulation requirements, and the train should have exterior and interior LED lighting. The two-level trains will have 12 electrically operated sliding doors and also toilets for persons with reduced mobility, a Wi-Fi seat reservation system, an audible notification system and monitors for visual notification of passengers, including a display of reserved seats on the train.
Train drivers will undergo proper training in order to drive these trains. Of the three sections of the high-speed railway route through Serbia, the Russian company RZD International is building the main one, connecting Stara Pazova to Novi Sad, which will be 40.4 kilometres long. The first section, from Belgrade to Stara Pazova, is being built by the Chinese company CRSC, which is expected to start work in the coming months. The total length of the high-speed railway will be 182.3 kilometres.
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