The Slovenian government coalition partners have discussed the possibility of financing the construction of Koper – Divača second railway track under a public-private partnership (PPP). The Minister of Infrastructure, Peter Gašperšič said that the government is looking into different options for a public-private partnership, including concession, which would allow the construction of the EUR 1,4 billion estimated project. These options will be reviewed this year.
The government also agreed to submit a funding application under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for approximately EUR 300 million.
According to the technical information provided by the ministry, the existent railway track Divača-Koper runs across a topographically extremely unfavourable terrain and represents a bottleneck within the Slovenian railway network due to great elevations. Studies have shown that a single track railway Divača-Prešnica-Koper will no longer suffice due to the increasing traffic in the Port of Koper, and have justified the need to construct the second track from Divača to Koper.
Technical characteristics of the new track:
• 27.1 km long
• max. Longitudinal slope: 17 ‰
• max. speed:160 km/h
• clearance gauge for new constructions GC
• rails 60 E1
• 3 kV DC
• telecommunications system ERTMS / ETCS Level 2
Basic information about the project:
– mixed traffic line
– no. of tunnels: 8; total length of tunnels: 20.472 km; the proportion of tunnels: 78.54%; longest tunnel: 6714 m
– no. of viaducts: 2; total length: 1,099 m; longest viaduct: 647 m
– no. of bridges: 3; total length: 205 m; longest bridge: 104 m
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