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Serbia in talks with Chinese, Russian firms on railway overhaul - President Vucic

Jun 1, 2020, 5:57:43 PMArticle by Radomir Ralev
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BELGRADE (Serbia), June 1 (SeeNews) – Serbia is in talks with Russian and Chinese companies on the overhaul of a railway line linking Belgrade to Nis, President Aleksandar Vucic said. 

Serbia in talks with Chinese, Russian firms on railway overhaul - President Vucic
Source: Serbian President's Office

The reconstruction would allow for raising the maximum speed of trains on the Belgrade-Nis railway line to 200 km/h, and talks are already underway with companies active on the overhaul of the line linking Belgrade to Hungary's capital Budapest on Serbian territory, Vucic said in a statement on Saturday.

A project that would result in lifting to 160 km/h the maximum speed on the railway line linking Nis to Presevo is also being considered, Vucic said during a visit to the Belgrade-Stara Pazova section of the railway line to Budapest.

"We are thinking about the Belgrade-Nis section, which would mean a lot for passenger traffic from Europe to Serbia, but would also [give a bost] to our freight transport," Vucic said.

The Belgrade-Stara Pazova section of the Belgrade-Budapest railway, which is part of the European transport Corridor X, is carried out by China Railway International (CRI) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). Serbia signed in July 2018 a 943 million euro ($1.0 million) deal with CRI and CCCC for the overhaul of the 108 km-long Novi Sad-Subotica railway section. The overhaul of the Stara Pazova-Novi Sad section is carried out by Russia's RZD International.

($ = 0.8987 euro)

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