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Serbia to launch Belgrade-Novi Sad high-speed railway on Mar 15

Author Radomir Ralev
Serbia to launch Belgrade-Novi Sad high-speed railway on Mar 15 Source: Serbian Government

BELGRADE (Serbia), February 1 (SeeNews) - Serbia plans to launch commercial traffic on the high-speed railway line linking Belgrade to Novi Sad on March 15, infrastructure minister Tomislav Momirovic said on Tuesday.

"We expect to open the line for commercial traffic on March 15. This will be the railway infrastructure with the highest quality in Eastern Europe," Momirovic said in a video file posted on the website of news agency Tanjug.

The railway line is a part of the Belgrade-Budapest railway project, the construction of which was agreed between Serbia and Hungary in 2014.

The first half of the Belgrade-Novi Sad section was 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.

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.