Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

INEA signs €109 million grant agreement for rail network development in Slovenia

Creation date: May 31, 2018

Director of INEA Dirk Beckers signed today a grant agreement on CEF Transport co-funding for the development of Divača-Koper railway line in Slovenia, in presence of the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and the Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar.

The single-track conventional Divača-Koper railway line is a bottleneck on the Mediterranean and Baltic-Adriatic core network corridors, hindering freight access to the Port of Koper.

The CEF Transport funding will support construction of a new second track along the entire Divača-Koper railway line in order to improve capacity, safety and reliability of the railway line, as well as to increase the travel speed. In particular, this project will work on construction of seven tunnels, which are key infrastructure components of the line's second track.

After the completion of the Global Project, the travel distance between both cities will get shorter (from 44.3 to 27 km) and the travel speed will increase from 75 to up to 160 km/h (freight trains up to 100 km/h). This will lead to considerable reduction of travel times from 43-48 to 15-21 minutes. The construction of the new second track will also significantly increase the capacity of the Divača-Koper rail line from 90 to approximately 220 trains per day.

The project is funded by CEF Transport programme under the 2017 CEF Transport Blending call for proposals.