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First new railway line in 52 years in Croatia opens

First newly-built railway line in 52 years opened on Monday (Photo: Vlada.hr)

ZAGREB, 17 December 2019 – The first newly-built railway line in Croatia for more than 50 years was officially opened on Monday. 

A number of government officials were among the first passengers on the train which christened the new 12.2 kilometre Gradec – Sv. Ivan Zabno railway line northeast of Zagreb. 

The 258 million kuna investment in the new line, overpasses, underpasses and a bridge, is the first investment in a new railway line in 52 years in Croatia and was co-funded by European Union funds. 

(Photo: Vlada.hr)

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the new railway line will help shorten the commute for passengers travelling into the capital Zagreb from the Koprivnica-Krizevci and Bjelovar-Bilogora counties. The new line will cut travel time from Bjelovar to Zagreb by more than an hour. 

(Photo: Vlada.hr)

Minister of Transport, Oleg Butkovic, said that currently €1.5 billion of investments were being implemented in the rail sector in Croatia.

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