BELGRADE (Serbia), March 21 (SeeNews) – Serbia this weekend launched commercial traffic on a high-speed rail line linking Belgrade and Novi Sad after it was overhauled by Russian and Chinese contractors, the government has announced.
The inaugural journey lasted 33 minutes and the maximum speed reached during the test phase in January was 201.5 km/h, the government said in a statement on Saturday.
Reconstruction of the 74.9 kilometer line, part of the Belgrade-Budapest Railway, began in 2017 and cost some $935 million.
China Railway International (CRI) and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) are in charge of rebuilding the Belgrade-Stara Pazova section of the line, while Russia’s RZD International is rebuilding the Stara Pazova-Novi Sad section.
The Serbian government previously signed a 62.2 million euro ($68.7 million) deal with Swiss rail builder Stadler Rail for the delivery of three high-speed trains, which will be used on the Belgrade- Novi Sad.
Reconstruction of the section between Novi Sad and the country’s border with Hungary began in November 2021 and is expected to be finalized by the end of 2024, the government added.
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