Experts from RZD International LLC, a subsidiary of Russian Railways which implements infrastructure projects abroad on behalf of the RZD holding company, and the Serbian Project Institute have began surveying the damage to Serbia’s transport infrastructure caused during the severe floods recently.
Experts have already identified 700 active landslides, and more than 20 national and hundreds of municipal railway lines have been damaged. At greatest risk are the Belgrade – Bar line (Corridor XI) and Corridor X, where 52 sections of lines, including bridges, have been damaged according to preliminary estimates.
Reconstruction work will begin after a Serbian Railways’ commission has approved project solutions. It is planned that 60 Russian and Serbian experts, as well as 50 pieces of equipment, will be involved.
The combined forces of RZD International and the subcontractors to be involved will reconstruct the damaged stretches on International Corridor XI – Belgrade – Bar line.
Its reconstruction was already provided for in a contract signed in December 2013, with work on the stretch previously been scheduled to begin in 2015. Following the floods, however, work will now be brought forward.
The reconstruction work planned by RZD International LLC will provide substantial assistance to the Serbian side to overcome the consequences of the floods.