Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) October 21, 2020 – State-run company 2TDK has reported that four groups have submitted bids in a tender for the construction of a second track of the Divaca-Koper railway line, a key transport link to Koper port. The shortlisted bidders are: a consortium of Slovenia’s Gorenjska Gradbena Druzba and CGP and Czech company Metrostava consortium of Austria’s Strabag, Germany’s Ed. Zublin and
Turkey’s Gulermaka consortium of Slovenia’s Kolektor CPG and Turkey’s Yapi Merkezi Insaat and Ozaltin InsaatTurkey’s Cengiz Insaat The tender is divided into two parts – the first one is for the section from Divaca to Crni Kal, and the second one is for the section from Crni Kal to Koper- Port operator Luka Koper expects that the second railway track to Divaca will be operational in 2026. 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. 2020.
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