Upgrade and electrification of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar
Upgrade and electrification of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar, a section important for international transport, in the length of 18,71 kilometer, will enable an increase of the volume of the rail transport and transshipment operations in the Port of Vukovar and better connection of the rail passenger transport of the Vukovar-Srijem County with the main traffic corridors and other counties, and will have a particularly positive impact on the comfort and safety of the journeys as a part of the daily migrations of the passengers.
Following the modernization, the rail section Vinkovci – Vukovar will be adapted for the maximum train speed of 120 km/h, which will shorten the journey by ca. 50 percent, so the journey in passenger transport will take 20 minutes and in the freight transport 30 minutes. Electrification of the section will enable an economically and energetically more profitable, and an environmentally sustainable rail transport. The rail section capacity will be enhanced and the access to the Port of Vukovar will be improved. Being situated on the TEN-T Corridor Rheine-Danube, in this way the port will have a quality connection with the Corridor RH1, the former Paneuropean Corridor X. Modernization of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar will contribute to the economic development of the local community and recovery of the eastern part of Slavonia.
Project of upgrade and electrification of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar encompasses the following:
- Entire reconstruction and renewal of the existing single-track railway line
- Renewal of rail stations Vukovar-Borovo naselje and Vukovar and stops Nuštar and Bršadin-Lipovača,
- Performance of all necessary works on the civil-engineering, control-command, signaling and interlocking and power subsystems.
As a part of renewal of the rail stations and stops, the parking lots for personal cars and bicycles will be arranged, easier access to the persons with reduced mobility enabled, and for the sake of noise protection of the residents who live by the railway line, the noise barriers will be constructed. Installation of the up-to-date system of traffic signalization and telecommunications and construction of the pedestrian underpasses will enhance the safety of all participants in the traffic.
The Grant Agreement for modernization of this rail section in the total value of HRK 677.701.939,19 and eligible costs in the amount of HRK 516.330.736,35 was signed on 21 May 2018 by the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Central Finance and Contracting Agency, and HŽ Infrastruktura. The Project is co-financed by the European Union from the Operational programme “Competitiveness and Cohesion”, Cohesion fund with 85 percent and by Government of the Republic of Croatia with 15 percent.
On March 14, 2019, HŽ Infrastruktura signed a works’ supervision contract for the Upgrade and electrification of the railway line Vinkovci – Vukovar with the consortium of economic entities Rubicon Engineering and SPC Engineering Ltd. from Bulgaria, in the amount of HRK 10,260,000.00.
On December 20, 2019, in Vukovar, HŽ Infrastruktura signed a works contract for the Vinkovci – Vukovar railway line modernization in the amount of HRK 376,340,359.04 with the community of Spanish companies Comsa S.a. and Comsa Instalaciones Y Sistemas Industriales S.a. The foreseen duration of works is 24 months, and 30 months for the supervision.
Preparatory works on the Project began in April 2020. At the beginning of the summer of 2020, more extensive works began on the Bobota Canal Bridge, on the construction of a subway at Vukovar-Borovo Naselje station and on culverts in the Nuštar and Bršadin-Lipovača railway stops. For the needs of the construction of a new subway in the Vukovar-Borovo Naselje station, formwork and reinforcement were installed, and the concreting of the walls and stairs was completed.
In February 2021, at the Nuštar stop, where the level crossing is located, works began on the construction of a pedestrian-bicycle subway. In March 2021, the laying of tracks on the new part of the route and in the stations began. Thus, at Vukovar-Borovo Naselje station, the 4th, 5th and 6th tracks are laid, turnouts number 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were laid, while at the Vukovar station, turnouts number 2, 3, 4 and 5 were laid. In addition to track works, the progress of works on the building of the sectioning plant in Vinkovci and on the building for the accommodation of electronic signalling and interlocking devices in Đergaj is visible. Intensive works on the overhead contact line began in April.
Major interventions as part of the works on the Vinkovci – Vukovar line are being carried out with the announced so-line closures at certain periods. During this time, passenger transport is organized by replacement buses according to the train schedule.
The progress of works during the summer months of 2021 is visible on almost the entire section. According to time plans, all five new culverts have been built, and trains run over the new Bobota Canal bridge. At Vukovar station, in the zone of Vupik’s silos, a longer line closure was organized, within which underground rooms and receiving hoppers were buried. The underground retaining wall was also removed, the gas pipeline located under all the tracks in that zone was removed, and the dilapidated structure that was located in the immediate vicinity of the newly designed track was removed.
During July, rough construction works on building the pedestrian subway at Vukovar-Borovo Naselje station are in the stage of completion, and the works in the area of the Nuštar stop on the bicycle-pedestrian subway are progressing at the planned pace. Works on the construction of the third subway, in the area of the Bršadin-Lipovača stop, will also begin.
From mid-July, as part of the 36-hour line closures, track works began that should last for the next six months.
About 20 turnouts have been laid, which are currently in various stages of completion, and on 10 of trains are operating. Good progress of works is also noticeable on the buildings of the sectioning plant in Vinkovci and on the building for the accommodation of electronic signalling and interlocking devices in Đergaj and Vukovar.
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