Macedonian Railways started modernisation works on Kumanovo – Beljakovce railway section (30.8 km), part of Corridor VIII. The project value is EUR 39,7 million and includes rail replacement and re-ballasting (21 km), new tracks incl. ballasting (9,9 km), 9 platforms, 3 stations, 3 water treatment plants, signalling and telecommunication (31,2 km), 45 civil structures (bridges, galleries, culverts, retaining walls etc). The contractor for this project is German company Wiebe GmbH & Co.KG.
“Wiebe GmbH & Co.KG will implement the project in accordance with the agreement. Our goal as a company is to purchase the materials from your country and to hire local residents to work on the project. Certainly, the railway tracks will be provided outside your country”, Wolfgang Kortern, Wiebe GmbH & Co.KG representative, said.
Corridor VIII as one of the main European transport corridors is crossing the Republic of Macedonia at a length of 309 km starting (in West-East Direction) from Lin, border with Republic of Albania, passing through Gostivar, Tetovo, Skopje, Kumanovo, Beljakovce, Kriva Palanka and ending at Deve Bair, border with Republic of Bulgaria.
The Railway Corridor VIII ‐ Eastern Section Project comprises 88.1 km of railway running across the North‐ Eastern region of Macedonia. The Project has been divided into the following 3 sections:
– Section 1: Kumanovo to Beljakovce (30.8 km)
– Section 2: Beljakovce to Kriva Palanka (36km) – Macedonian Railways and Obermeyer Hellas signed in July 2013 an agreement on the development of a project for railway section. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a EUR 2,5 million grant for the project documentation, which is to be completed by the year-end. The third stage includes the section from Kriva Palanka to the border with Bulgaria.
– Section 3: Kriva Palanka to Deve Bair, at the Bulgarian Border (23.4 km)
The two remaining sections of the railway leading to Bulgaria are to be completed by 2022.
Photo* Government of Macedonia, Ministry of Transport and Communications