The construction of the Gradec - Sveti Ivan Zabno rail-line has begun, the national railway operator HZ Infrastruktura reported on Friday.
The project of building the 12.2 kilometre railway will cost HRK 203.4 million and 85% of this sum will be financed from European Union funds. The railway should bring Bjelovar and its surroundings "closer" to Zagreb by cutting travelling time by 40 minutes to one hour. Bjelovar is 70 kilometres east of Zagreb.
The construction contract was won by a Spanish-German consortium consisting of Comsa and Wiebe, and preparatory works, which have already begun, will be conducted by a domestic company.
The head of the construction project Hrvoje Milas underscored that this was one of HZ Infratstruktura's strategic projects. "The most important things is that we've started. These are preparatory works for the time being, however they are important because they mark the start of this railway line which has been waited for for so long. As soon as weather conditions permit next year, more expansive construction works will be commenced and we believe that it will be completed by the end of 2017," Milas said and this was confirmed by the head of the construction site on behalf of Comsa and Wiebe, Tomislav Hannich.