Reconstructing rail from Divača to Koper
The 26.4 km railway line from Divača to Koper was in need of both reconstruction and modernisation to increase its capacity and its capability for serving as an axis for trans-European lines.
In order to address this, the Divača to Koper railway line project was undertaken. By providing the necessary increased capacity, the project will facilitate an undisturbed flow of a higher volume of freight from and to the Port of Koper, increased traffic safety and it will encourage freight traffic to shift from road to railway usage.
A two-step approach
The Divača-Koper railway section is a part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), and serves as an axis for lines from Lyon to Trieste, Ljubljana, Budapest and onto the Ukrainian border.
This phase of the project will take place over two stages. The first stage will include the reconstruction of the railway station, the mobile electric sub-station Hrpelje-Kozina and the freight station Koper. It will also cover the construction of the new electrical sub-station Dekani and works on the open line Divača-Koper. The second stage will then cover the reconstruction of the railway station Divača and the electrical sub-station Divača. Additionally, a number of auxiliary structures will also be constructed, such as subways for passengers, bridges over roads and local connecting roads.
On completion, the infrastructure will be operated by Slovenske železnice d.o.o. Slovenske železnice d.o.o. on behalf of the Slovene Agency for the Management of Public Railway Infrastructure.
Tangible benefits for citizens and business
The project will bring about a number of key benefits. The capacity of the line will be greatly increased which will of course benefit users hugely, ensuring an undisturbed flow of freight from and to the Port of Koper, encouraging freight traffic to shift from road to railway usage, and providing environmental benefits and improved traffic safety and interoperability.
The inhabitants of Slovenia will use this improved line to travel between the coast and the hinterland. Apart from commuters, the line will benefit those transporting imported goods and basic materials as well as goods for export from Slovenia.
The project work will also see the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) strategy, reinforcing this important freight transit link facing to handle increased traffic from the port of Koper to Hungary, Austria, Germany and Ukraine.