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.
Works on the Vinkovci – Vukovar line are being performed according to the planned dynamics. After the beginning of preparatory works in April, larger works started on the route at the beginning of the summer. Until the end of August 2020, the largest works were performed at the Vukovar-Borovo Naselje station, on one of the culverts on the railway line, at Vukovar station, and the most demanding works during the summer were performed on the installation of a temporary structure of Bobotski kanal bridge.
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