Vesić:”Construction of the Belgrade-Niš high speed railroad to start in 2025″

Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Goran Vesić, confirmed that a tender procedure for construction of the 230-km-long railroad connecting Belgrade and Niš will be launched in 2025.

He added that three sections will be built and that pre-qualification procedures for contractors for the second and third sections will be launched in May, and for the first section in November, at the latest.

“The construction of the Belgrade-Niš railway Nis will take three and a half years to complete. Unlike the high-speed railway from Belgrade to Subotica, where we completely shut down (rail) traffic, the traffic on this line will not be closed. Instead, work will be done in phases, i.e. with periodic traffic suspensions. We cannot close the railway to Niš as that would stop the railway traffic along the entire route from Southern towards Central Europe,” said Vesic.

He added that the railway in question will be ready by the end of 2028 and pointed out that when it’s done, it will take 100 minutes to reach Niš from Belgrade by train.

“In the meantime, we are already working on the 23-km-long Niš-Brestovac railway, and we have 135 kilometres left to complete to the border with North Macedonia and 50 kilometres in Macedonia, to connect Niš and Skopje,” said Vesić.

He recalled that, when Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was in Belgrade recently, Greece also joined this high-speed rail project.

Vesić said that Greece is now reconstructing the railway from Athens to Thessaloniki and that the 76-km-long Thessaloniki-Idomeni section will also be built.

(Politika, 06.03.2024)

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