Croatian railway infrastructure manager, HŽ Infrastruktura and a local consortium formed of DIV, Dalekovod and Zagreb Montaža have signed a contract for the construction of a second track on Dugo Selo – Križevci rail section and the reconstruction of existing line. The modernisation of the 38 km-long railway line costs HRK 1.25 billion (EUR 165 million) and 85% of it will be co-financed by the EU.
The contract for supervision of works was signed with a consortium consisting of Croatian companies SGS Adriatica and Investinženjering.
Works are due to start early in May and are planned for completion in February 2020.
Present at the signing ceremony, the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic, stressed the importance of the project, which had taken seven a half years to bring to completion. He expressed hope for the faster realisation of planned projects in the railway sector. “This year there will be more major railway infrastructure projects, such as those along the sections Zabok-Sveti Ivan Zabno and Vinkovci-Vukovar, as well as a tender for the Peljesac bridge.”
Works will include the reconstruction of the existing stations Dugo Selo, Vrbovec and Krizevci and pertaining stops, construction of a new station, Gradec, removal of level crossings and construction of grade-separated crossings with roads, upgrade of the fixed electric traction installations and modernisation of signalling and interlocking and telecommunication equipment. Significant investment in noise protection will increase the quality of life of people along the tracks, also by European standards. The rail line modernisation will allow maximum train speeds of 160 km/h.