Serbia rehabilitates over 100 train stations
After a long period of underfunding, Serbian rail infrastructure manager Infrastruktura železnice Srbije is providing an extensive investment programme. It started in 2018 and is devoted to the rehabilitation of train stations across the country. As of today, 64 station buildings have already been upgraded, 11 facilities are being modernised while other 30 stations are scheduled for renovation in the near future.
In general, 105 train stations have been or are involved in the mentioned investment programme. Infrastruktura železnice Srbije (Serbian Railways Infrastructure from Serbian) started the modernisation project with the train stations of Vranje, Vranjska Banja, Sevojno, Ćićevac and others.
In 2019 the repairment works were completed at dozens of stations on three railway lines: Belgrade – Valjevo (Barajevo, Lazarevac, Lajkovac, Stepojevac, Valjevo, Veliki Borak, Slovac and others), Kragujevac – Lapovo – Mladenovac (Batočina, Kusadak, Lapovo, Mladenovac, Velika Plana and others) and Belgrade – Vršac (Krnjača, Pančevo Glavna, Pančevo Varoš, Vladimirovac and others). Currently, the works are undergoing at the stations of Kraljevo, Mali Zvornik, Ruma, Zajeca and others.
Train stations are a priority
For many years, Serbian Railways has not been investing or poorly investing in the rehabilitation of train stations. In the period from 2010 to 2017, no one station has been modernised. Infrastruktura železnice Srbije invested around 300 million dinars (over 2.5 million euros) in the current modernisation programme. The money was allocated from own funds.
The new programme is dedicated to improving rail services. “The appearance of stations remains the first and strongest impression on the passengers, therefore, Infrastruktura železnice Srbije had decided to make the rehabilitation of the railway stations one of the significant directions of the company’s activities,” the country’s rail infrastructure manager noted.