Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) March 31, 2021 – The Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec has attended the signing of a contract for the main construction works on the second track of the Divača-Koper railway line on the Črni Kal-Koper section between 2TDK and a consortium of Dlovenia’s Kolektor CPG, Yapý Merkezi and Özaltin (both of Turkey). At the event, Minister Vrtovec said, “by expanding our own capacities,
we must direct as many goods flows as possible to ourselves in the future, and in this way make the most of the exceptional comparative advantage of our economy – our own access to the sea. The existing single-track connection represents a bottleneck that hinders the development of the Port of Koper by hindering the further increase in freight traffic. The construction of the second track will enable the growth and development of the Port of Koper by increasing capacity, safety and shortening travel times”. He added that as much as 59% of all goods coming or leaving the port of Koper traveled on tracks. The EU has allocated €80 million ($94.78 million) in non-refundable EU cohesion funds to the Divača-Koper railway line capacity increase. The investment is seen as key to the efforts of the Adriatic port of Koper to remain competitive and increase its share of maritime traffic moving between Europe and Asia. The doubling of the cargo railway capacity will increase the logistics offer of the port and its ability to deliver goods into European markets faster. The story of the Second track Divača-Koper railway line began over 20 years ago. It has been heavily advocated for ever since. Planning one of Slovenia’s largest projects is a good practice example. The first version of the track was proposed in 1996. After studying 17 different versions, the current tunnel track was chosen according to the highest criteria regarding the environmental impact, safety, speed, and traffic flow. A second track along the Divača-Koper railway line will eliminate traffic congestion on the core Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) corridors in Slovenia-Baltic-Adriatic and the Mediterranean. The Second Track will be a 27.1-kilometre-long new railway line from Divača to Koper, including 8 tunnels, 2 viaducts, 2 bridges and 1 gallery. 20.5 km or 75 % of the line will consist of tunnels. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.
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