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RTS :: Vučić: We are able to end the Novi Unhappy railway

During the tour of the construction site, the President said that the works are going faster than the deadlines, because the Kinseki contractors made sure to do everything possible and that he believes that the railway will be completed before the end of 2024.

“Sometimes it is better to pay a little more, but to finish earlier, because then you can see the results of what we achieved on the Belgrade – Novi Sad railway. We had faith that we would change the future of the railway, that it would not only be a social category, but that the railway starts to work and live and we have achieved amazing results with that line and we expect them to be even better, especially when we finish another 108 kilometers to Subotica. We calculate that we can finish all this by the end of 2024, which will be much earlier the Hungarian side,” said Vučić.

He pointed out that this is very important due to the development of the north of the country and the development of tourism in Palić and Topola, but also the further development of Vrbas, Lovćenac and other places located along the railway route.

He stated that all railways in Serbia were built between 1884 and 1976, when the last Belgrade-Bar railway was built.

“Between 1976 and 2012, i.e. 36 years, we did not build a single railway, and we reconstructed 31 kilometers in that period. In these 10 years, we built 108.1 kilometers of new modern railways, reconstructed 781.5 kilometers of railways, and now we expect that we will complete another 156 kilometers, and we have over 2,026 kilometers of railway construction and reconstruction planned,” said Vučić.

He emphasized that this is part of the big plans for the modernization and construction of Serbia, for bringing investments, in which such railways will significantly help, so that new factories will spring up in different places of Vojvodina.

Vučić asked the provincial prime minister, Igor Mirović, to speed up the archaeological excavations and conservation of the sites along the railway route, so that the works would not be cancelled.

“I will propose a fivefold increase in the fines for railway theft”

President Vučić announced that he will initiate the tightening of penalties up to five times for thefts on the railway infrastructure, but also that passengers must know that they are completely safe.

“We don’t play with it, people need to know that they are completely safe,” Vučić pointed out, stating that yesterday the high-speed train to Novi Sad was slowed down for no reason so as not to jeopardize people’s safety.

He said that some unscrupulous people steal parts for 100, 150 euros and think that they will do something smart with it.

“Who are these people who do this, it’s not the first time, of course I’m worried, you work, you build and irresponsible people come and take a part from exactly where it shouldn’t be. Then the railway slows down the trains. I will propose five times higher fines for a specific act – endangering the safety of more people. So when he gets 10 years in prison, we’ll see if he’ll think of stealing,” said Vučić.

According to him, people need to know that they are safe.

“The trains slowed down for a reason because of safety. But when you’re dealing with rascals who steal copper or throw stones at the trains, we don’t know what to do. We were 4.5 minutes late yesterday because we slowed down from 200 to 160 kilometers per hour. We won’t do that anymore, because people are used to punctuality. Who are these people among us who do that,” he said.

He added that it is not the first time that people have stolen, and that on the other hand, people from the Railways were struggling all night so that the train would run at 200 and not 160 per hour.

Contractors: The Novi Sad – Subotica railway line will be completed by the end of 2024.

The work on the undercarriage and all structures of the Novi Sad – Subotica railway will be completed by the end of 2024, representatives of the Chinese contractors told the President of Serbia.

The Chinese contractors told the president that the railway is 108 kilometers long and has 11 stations, some of which will be reconstructed, while some will be built entirely new.

At this location, which was visited by the President of Serbia, 65 percent of the excavation for the lower machine and 55 percent of the embankment has been completed, and the works are proceeding a little slower due to the fact that there are archaeological sites in the area.

The Chinese contractors informed President Vučić that their plan is to start laying tracks from Novi Sad on April 1.

When Vučić asked if it was easier for them now than on the Belgrade-Pazova line, because they had to work on signaling with partners there, the representatives of the Chinese contractor answered that this route was also challenging, but that they had learned from the experience of the Belgrade-Pazova route.

The section is 108.2 kilometers long

This section is 108.2 kilometers long, is part of China’s global initiative “Belt and Road” and was initiated at the summit of 16 Central and Eastern European countries and China at the summit held in 2016.

The works, which are carried out by a consortium of Chinese companies, include the construction of two railway tracks to the border with Hungary near Kelebija, the reconstruction of nine railway stations, including Bačka Topola, Žednik, Naumovićevo and Subotica, as well as the construction of new stations in Lovćenac, Rumenca and Vrbas. The construction of railway junctions in Novi Sad, Vrbas and Subotica is planned.

49 overpasses, underpasses and viaducts will be built on the entire section of the railway, and the largest object will be the 1,600 meter long viaduct near Vrbas. The value of the project is 1.16 billion dollars and it is financed from a loan from the Chinese Exim Bank.

The works started on November 22, 2021a ceremony at which the button for the start of construction was jointly pressed by President Vučić, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary Peter Szijártó and Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo.

The first part of this project, the high-speed railway from Belgrade to Novi Sad, was put into service on March 19, 2022, and President Vučić, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and members of the Government of Serbia first rode it on the high-speed train “Soko”.

The 75-kilometer-long section was started to be built by a consortium of Chinese companies “China Railway International” and “China Communications Construction Company” at the end of 2017, and it cost about one billion dollars.

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