Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure, Peter Gašperšič has presented the opportunities of Koper-Divača rail project implementation to his Czech counterpart Dan Ťok. During the bilateral meeting that took place in Prague, Gašperšič stressed that the construction of the second track between Divača and Koper will establish the appropriate railway corridor connections with Central and Eastern Europe.
After failing to finance the modernisation of Koper-Divaca railway line under EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), Slovenia is trying to attract foreign investors. Czech Republic and Czech companies have been invited to partner the project by acquiring stakes in the Koper-Divaca rail project company, to be set up by the Slovenian Government by the end of June.
Hungary is also interested in the railway modernisation project and has secured for this purpose a credit line of EUR 370 million. The port of Koper represents a sea exit for the Central European landlocked country.
In January this year, the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency released a public call for tender for the selection of the contractor for the review of the technical solutions and the optimisation of the second track of the Divača—Koper railway line project.The first research into the possibility of the new railway link was carried out in the late nineties.
The new Koper –Divača railway line will be 27.1 km long, with 8 tunnels in the total length of 20.3 km (the longest tunnel being 6,700 m long), 2 viaducts, 2 bridges and 1 gallery.