The Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure has launched a Transport Development Strategy until 2030, subject to public consultation until end of January 2015.
The measures listed in the strategy were proposed for co-financing by the cohesion fund (investments in railway infrastructure, missing highway sections, investments in port infrastructure, projects promoting sustainable mobility) and by the funds of the European Regional Development Fund (state roads that are connected to the TEN-T network and sustainable mobility projects) and represent the continuation of the investment cycle that started in the 2007–2013 financial period.
For the railway sector the strategy has set among the objectives to increase economic competitiveness by reducing travel times, eliminating the bottlenecks and reducing transport costs, to improve accessibility to individual regions and better interregional connection, to increase the level of traffic safety, introduce more efficient traffic management, to reduce operating costs, to introduce interoperability, observation of TEN-T standards (22.5 tons of axle pressure, speed of 100 km/h, electrification; ERTMS, length of trains up to 740m) at the core TEN-T network, where this does not cause disproportionately high costs.
The list of project specific objectives includes:
- modernisation of Koper–Ljubljana railway line: 22.5t of axle load, 750 m trains lenght, ERTMS, electrification. The basis for the project speed is 100km/h, but this speed will have tombe confirmed according to the economic criteria in the scope of the feasibility study (together with the main parameters for the railway track, which will also determine whether a double track is necessary).
- upgrading of Zidani Most–Dobova (HR) railway line (due to the train length requirement, i.e. 740m) and ERTMS implementation
- modernisation of Ljubljana–Jesenice (AT) railway line. The capacity of the railway line has to be increased and upgraded to improve (quality) of services (speed, frequency of service, ERTMS, length of trains)
- reorganisation of Ljubljana Railway Hub (LRH), extension of tracks and construction of several bypasses for freight transport
- upgrade of Ljubljana–Zidani Most line – 100km/h, train lengths of 740m and installation of ERTMS.
- upgrade of Divača – Sežana (IT)
- potential construction of an additional second track on Pragersko–Hodoš (HU) railway section
- modernisation of Maribor–Šentilj (AT) railway section, to fulfill the TEN-T standards (especially in terms of axle load of 22.5t, speed of 100km/h, train length of 740m and ERTMS).
- modernisation of Pragersko–Maribor railway line
- modernisation of Zidani Most–Pragersko
- upgrading of Postojna-Ilirska Bistrica- Šapjane (HR) railway line
- installation of ETCS/GSM-R on other tracks of the Slovenian network, not only on the TEN-T network. Special needs and technical parameters for each case will be determined with additional studies (e.g. The 2nd level of ETCS).
- Electrification of regional railway lines
- Renovation, upgrade of other lines – requires the analysis of individual sections
- Safety – Elimination of dangerous railway crossings. For this purpose, the legislation regulating this field should be amended, in order to determine railway crossings as properly or improperly protected and dangerous.
- Reorganisation of railway access charges – Railway infrastructure charges have to be proportional to emissions and therefore in accordance with the ‘polluter pays’ principle. The harmonisation of railway infrastructure charges with the railway administrations of neighbouring countries will facilitate international transport.
Improvement of the railway passenger vehicle fleet – The first step in the development of this measure is a comprehensive analysis of current organisation, operation and maintenance structures of the railway operator and thus the future requirements and operation and maintenance plan. After establishing the actual needs, the specific technical requirements regarding the railway rolling stock will be defined on the basis of further studies
Improvement of the railway freight rolling stock
- Reorganisation of operations/time schedules
- Railway connection of Ljubljana to the airport – could be implemented together with the construction of the Ljubljana – Jesenice 2nd track, if it is decided to project the track past the Airport. The option of the railway connection becomes justifiable, if the airport has over 3.5 million passengers/year.