Railway corridor undergoes major overhaul

Train passengers in north-western Slovakia are soon to enjoy faster and more efficient travel. Upgrade work on a stretch of track covering 17.5 km is expected to serve mainly the population of the Trenčín Region with its 600 000 inhabitants, as well as long-distance and international users along this railway corridor.

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The project focuses on the double-track railway section between the town of Nové Mesto nad Váhom and Púchov. It will modernise track covering 17.45 kilometres, enabling train speeds of up to 160 km/h and up to 200 km/h for tilting wagons.

The project's main aim is to increase the efficiency of railway transport in the region by improving track speed, safety and the quality of service, as well as reducing operation and maintenance costs. It should also help to reduce local train noise and air pollution.

New build and reconstruction

The project includes one railway double track and one tube tunnel with a length of 1 775 metres. It also includes the construction of nine new bridges and overpasses, plus 6 300 km2 of platforms and noise barriers of approximately 6 123 metres. The new catenary system – the overhead lines - will be some 44 km long. Fourteen bridges and overpasses are to be reconstructed. The present electrical system (25 kV AC) will remain unchanged.

Rails and switches are to be upgraded according to the latest international standards. For example, the track part of European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1 will be implemented. The entire section from Nové Mesto nad Váhom - Žilina – Čadca will also meet ETCS Level 2 and GSM-R (Digital Radio System) standards, following Slovakia's national implementation plan for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

The line forms part of the EU's trans-European railway network – the so-called TEN-T Programme - and is a part of Priority Project No. 23, which runs from Gdańsk in Poland through Warsaw and Brno/Žilina-Bratislava to Vienna in Austria. It is also a key priority in the long-term development programme of Slovak railway infrastructure.

The project is expected to create 140 new jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “ŽSR, Modernization of the Railway Track Nové Mesto nad Váhom – Púchov, Railway km 100,500 – 159,100 for Track Speed up to 160 km/hour, Stage I and Stage II (Section Nové Mesto nad Váhom – Zlatovce” is EUR 229 593 674 with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 195 154 623 through the “Transport” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period under the priority "Railway Infrastructure".

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