Present at the Future of Rail conference, part of Slovenian Railways Days event, The Minister for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Samo Omerzel stated that investment in railway infrastructure represents a precondition for economic growth. This year EUR 380 million will be invested in the Slovenian railway network and next year EUR 330 million are planned.
In the framework of 2007-2013 financial programing, there are several projects that are to be completed by the end of 2015.
1. The construction, electrification and upgrading of Pragersko-Hodos railway line and modernization of level crossings and underpasses at railway stations. It is the only section of the European Transport Corridor V not yet electrified and the largest project co-financed with European funds. The total value is estimated at EUR 465.5 million, of which the Cohesion Fund contribution is EUR 231.1 million.
2. With the implementation of the project Reconstruction and modernisation of Divača-Koper railway line, the transport capacity of existing lines will increase from 9.2 to 14.3 million net tons. The value of the project amounts to EUR 199 million, of which EUR 68 million represent EU funding.
3. The project of the construction and setting-up of a digital radio system (GSM-R) throughout the public railway network infrastructure in Slovenia. This will ensure radio network coverage throughout the Slovenian railway network. The value project is EUR 142 million, of which the Cohesion Fund contribution amounts to EUR 99.9 million.
4. The project Development of ERTMS / ETCS on railway Corridor D (Sežana / Koper – Hodos) which includes the installation of ETCS level 1. The project value is EUR 56 million, of which the TEN-T co-financing is EUR 23.7 million.