Chinese companies have started construction of the Belgrade-Budapest railway with a total length of 350 kilometers. The new rail line will allow people and goods to travel between the capitals of Serbia and Hungary in about two hours. The Serbian part of the railway will be completed in three years, while the Hungarian part will be completed and put into service before 2025.
Construction of the new section of the Serbian Belgrade-Budapest railway began with a ceremony on Monday. The ceremony, attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo, took place in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Work on the 108-kilometer section of the high-speed train stretching from Novi Sad to the Kelebija border post in northern Serbia was initiated by Vucic, Szijjarto, Chen Bo and a Chinese representative at the push of a button.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vucic stressed the importance of the railway for the future development of Serbia and praised the friendly relations with China and Hungary. “We will take advantage of it and it will benefit both construction and higher wages and pensions, a higher standard of living and a better future for our children,” Vucic said. Vucic said the Serbian part of the railway would be completed in three years, while Szijarto said the Hungarian section of the railway, 167 kilometers long, should be completed before 2025.
In his speech via video link, Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), praised the two countries for the progress they have made in building the Belgrade-railroad. Budapest. Ning said the project is “the flagship project of cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC) and an important part of the European transport corridor and the China-Europe land and sea express route.” .
Source: Chinese International Radio