Rail line modernisation allows for greater train speeds

Upgrading a 13.9 km section of railway track between Púchov to Žilina in north-west Slovakia means that trains can run at maximum speeds of 160 km/h. The changes promise to deliver quicker journeys for both freight and passenger transport services.

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This project is part of a wider modernisation of the entire railway track which runs from Bratislava to Žilina. The comprehensive programme of works for Púchov to Žilina includes the following elements:

  • Reconstruction of Bytča station and making platforms and passenger subways more accessible;
  • Construction of a new connection between the open-line tracks at Plevník-Drienové;
  • Modernisation of the line’s sub- and super-structures so they can cope with 160 km/h speeds;
  • Curve correction in four places along the route; and
  • Closing seven level crossings and the construction of four road bridges over the rail line.

In addition, the project provides for the upgrade of the signalling system along with the installation of 37 442 metres of catenary and 8 553 metres of noise barriers.

Thanks to the modernisation, time savings along this stretch of rail line are expected to be around six minutes for passenger transport and approximately four minutes for freight services. All the work caters for the needs of people with reduced mobility. This project generates 128 jobs during the implementation phase.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “ŽSR, Modernisation of the Track Púchov – Žilina” is EUR 76 841 790, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 55 126 300 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Railway Transport”.


Draft date

01/09/2015