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Project Council Reports On The Construction Of The Second Track Of The Railway Connection Between Divača And Koper

Project Council reports on the construction of the second track of the railway connection between Divača and Koper

Source: Luka Koper
Members of the Project Council for the supervision of the construction of the second track of the railway connection between Divača and Koper presented the findings from their fourth report – April 15, 2021 The Project Council for Civil Supervision of the second track Divača-Koper estimates that the project is not going optimally. Individual decisions are not made transparently, delays are increasing, so in their opinion
the second track will not be built by the end of 2025. According to Jadran Bajec, president of the Project Council for Civil Supervision of the Construction of the Second Track of the Railway Connection between Divača and Koper (PSCN), they draw attention to the issue of double-track infrastructure project, for which the government adopted a decision in 2017. According to Bajč, the competent professional government services were instructed to prepare the necessary documentation for the second track to be a double-track line in the near future, but to date there are no serious grounds for double-track. PSCN Vice President Emil Milan Pintar touched on the investment program, which he says has several flaws. Among other things, the profiles of the tunnels were oversized in it, but this error was then corrected, mainly at the request of civilian supervisors, he said. According to Pintar, civilian supervisors are also concerned about the way 2TDK operates. As the investment program is not a decent professional basis, 2TDK increasingly finds itself in a situation where it has to deal with “strange current decisions”. As an example, he pointed out that only one bidder applied for several tenders, but there is no analysis of why. If the new investment program does not correct mistakes and reschedule the project at controversial points, then it will not be able to be a solid basis for continuing the project, Pintar said. PSCN member dr. Damir Josipovič said that PSCN remains of the opinion that the project is not managed optimally, that individual decisions are not made transparently and economically, while delays are increasing and the originally set deadline for establishing traffic on the new section by the end of 2025 will not be met. As he added, PSCN has adopted some recommendations to improve the situation. Timely adoption of documents is necessary, timely integration before final decisions are made. The project council is also dedicated to this, Josipovic said, adding that it would be foolish if such things were not used. Among other things, PSCN proposed to 2TDK to prepare a project report every six months. PortSEurope Note: 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. Source: Government of Slovenia

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