Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) May 5, 2021 – Today, Minister of Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec, attended a ceremonial event at the signing of the contract for the main construction works on the second track of the Divača-Koper railway line on the Divača-Črni Kal section and the symbolic start of the main construction works. The contract for the first section between Divaca and Crni Kal was awarded in
March to the consortium of the Slovenian construction company Kolektor and the Turkish partners Yapi Merkezi and Özaltin. In the final round, in which only Strabag and the Slovenian-Turkish consortium stood, they presented the cheapest offer of €403.6 million. The offer from Strabag, with the German subsidiary Ed Züblin and the Turkish construction company Gülermak, was almost €60 million more expensive. 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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