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1.2 kilometres nearer the goal

Traffic on the new siding has already started to flow. The siding forms 1.2 kilometres of the railway line between the Koper cargo station and the area of the Dekani substation, and also the first kilometre of the second track. It will allow more flexible traffic management and thus increased capacity of the existing Divača-Koper rail line. Trains will carry 15.2 million net tonnes of freight per year, which is 900,000 tonnes more than at present.

The siding is being built as part of the project Elimination of the Bottleneck between Bivje and Dekani. The first phase of the project has already been completed; a 1.2-kilometre-long siding, two underpasses and a bridge over the Rižana River have been constructed, and a noise barrier has been erected. In the next few months, in the second phase, the existing track will be renovated and a movable charging station (MCS) will be installed in Hrastovlje.


The value of the construction works, the installation of the signalling, safety and telecommunications equipment and the delivery and installation of the Hrastovlje MCS is EUR 14.6 million. Of this, EUR 14.2 million will be provided by the European Union as part of the CEF cohesion envelope.


The siding brings us 1.2 kilometres closer to our ultimate objective – the second track. This is one of the most important and most complex infrastructure projects in Slovenia, as it includes 27 kilometres of railway tracks, of which 20 kilometres run through eight tunnels and one gallery, and over two viaducts and two bridges. After the second track is completed, 222 trains a day will carry 43.4 million net tonnes of freight per year.