Modernisation of railway line boosts service levels

The revamp of 20 km section of railway line in the Trenčín region of Slovakia has improved track speed, journey times and safety. The new line should also bring down operating and maintenance costs – and contribute to reductions in air and noise pollution.

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The new double electrified line between Trenčianska Teplá station and Beluša station has been operational since May 2014. The main beneficiaries are the region’s 600 000 inhabitants who will enjoy better, quicker services. Long-distance and international travellers will also benefit as the line forms part of one of Slovakia’s key transport corridors. In fact the project is part of a wider scheme to modernise the whole railway track between Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and Žilina in the north of the country.

Quicker journeys

Modernisation of the line included the installation of a new catenary system (overhead lines) and the erection of noise barriers. Four railway bridges were also built, while a further ten bridges were modified or reconstructed. In addition, the project delivered seven new road/footbridges and removed nine level-crossings. The new line allows trains to travel at up to 160 km/hour, or 200 km/hour if they are equipped with tilting wagons.

Funding for the new track was allocated from Slovakia’s Operational Programme for Transport, which aims to modernise about 200 km of the country’s railway network. This particular investment will contribute to the programme’s overall goal, which is to bring Slovakia’s transport infrastructures up to standards that are enjoyed by many other EU Member States. In turn this will help to improve the country’s economic development and competitiveness while reducing regional disparities.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Modernisation of the railway track Nové Mesto nad Váhom – Púchov in railway km 100,500 – 159,100 for track speed up to 160 km/h, stage IV and stage V (section Trenčianska Teplá – Ilava – Beluša)",” is EUR 392 289 239, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 196 468 579 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority “Railway Infrastructure”.

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