January 10 (SeeNews) - Serbia will be able to launch commercial traffic on the high-speed railway line linking Belgrade to Novi Sad in March, Infrastruktura Zeleznice Srbije, the national railway infrastructure management firm, said.
Static tests of the railway line are underway at the moment, while German firm DB Systemtechnik, which specializes in railway technology, will conduct the dynamic tests in January and February, the Serbian company said in a statement on Saturday.
The construction of the railway section linking Novi Sad to the Kelebija crossing at the border with Hungary is expected in 2024, the company added.
The first half of the Belgrade-Novi Sad section is being built by China Railway International and China Communications Construction Company. The construction of the other half, connecting Stara Pazova to Novi Sad, was awarded to Russia's RZD International.
The railway line is a part of the Belgrade-Budapest railway project, the construction of which was agreed between Serbia and Hungary in 2014.
During a visit of Hungary's foreign minister Peter Szijarto to Serbia in November 2021, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic estimated that Hungary will finish the construction of the railway section linking the Kelebija border crossing to Budapest by 2025.