Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International has completed the reconstruction of three sections of the Pan-European Corridor X in Serbia.
More than 65 kilometres of railway has been rebuilt between Sopot Kosmaysky – Kovachevats, Mala Krsna – Velika Plan and Ruma – Golubinci at a cost of $48.7 million.
The work has been completed ahead of its February 2017 deadline, says RZD.
The Pan-European Corridor X links Salzburg, Austria, with Thessaloniki in Greece, via Zagreb, Belgrade and Skopje. Line speeds on the Serbian section will now increase from just 30 km/h to 120 km/h.
RZD International was appointed to deliver the works in 2013.
The Russian government has provided $800 million in the form of a state export credit to help fund a series of rail projects in Serbia, including the construction and electrification of a second track on the Belgrade – Pančevo line, reconstruction of six sections of Pan-European Corridor X and the procurement of 26 new diesel trains.