Croatian railway infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura and Comsa SAU-HF Wiebe GmbH & Co. consortium have signed a HRK 203,4 million (EUR 27 million) contract for the construction of a new railway line for suburban traffic on section Gradec – Sv. Ivan Žabno. HŽ Infrastruktura has also signed a works supervision contract with a consortium formed of SGS Adriatica doo -Investinženjering doo – SGS SA.
Works are expected to begin this autumn and will include the construction of a new 12,5 km long single track non-electrified railway line for the suburban transport, with pertaining stops, as well as the construction of the new station Gradec and reconstruction of the existing station Sveti Ivan Žabno; installation of signaling and interlocking and telecommunication equipment.
Upon competition of construction works scheduled by the end of 2017, the new line will be the first one build in Croatia after 50 years. “The EUR 30 million invested in the 12.5 km long railway line may not be the largest investment in Croatia, however they carry a highly important symbolic value”, stated the Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, present at the contract signing ceremony.
The project is 85 percent co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme Transport 2007- 2013.