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Russia's RZD lays first kilometre of high-speed railway track in Serbia

Author Radomir Ralev
Russia's RZD lays first kilometre of high-speed railway track in Serbia Source: RZD International

BELGRADE (Serbia), July 31 (SeeNews) - Russian railway infrastructure engineering company RZD International has laid the first kilometre of a new high-speed railway line in Serbia linking Stara Pazova to Indjija, it said.

The 7 km-long line represents a section of the railway linking Belgrade to Hungary's capital Budapest and the project will allow increasing the maximum speed of trains travelling on it to 200 km/h, RZD International said in a statement on Monday. 

RZD International will build a double-track railway line, two viaducts, two galleries, 19 bridges and overpasses and 36 small bridges. Moreover, the Russian company will build the new station Beska with pedestrian underpasses, overhaul Indjija, Sremski Karlovci and Petrovoradin train stations with pedestrian underpasses as well as the Karlovacki Vinogradi roadside station.

The construction works on the Stara Pazova-Indjija section started in March 2018. At present, there are 170 people, 111 construction units and track machines involved in the project, RZD International said.

Serbia's government said in November it agreed 247.9 million euro ($290.6 million) financing for the project for reconstruction of Stara Pazova-Novi Sad railway section of the Belgrade-Budapest line on Serbian territory with RZD International. The financing will come from the proceeds of a $800 million loan extended by Russia to Serbia's state-run railway operator Zeleznice Srbije in January 2013.

($ = 0.852985 euro)