Construction of railway infrastructure and delivery of diesel trains
A contract was signed for the construction of railway infrastructure and supply of diesel trains on 10 December 2013.
The contract is within the framework of the intergovernmental agreement signed on 11 January 2013, which granted a Russian Federation state export credit to the Republic of Serbia between RZD International Railways Ltd., a subsidiary of Russian Railways, and Serbian Railways.
The contract provides for the implementation of the following projects:
- the construction and electrification of 16 km of the second track on the Belgrade - Pančevo railway line;
- the reconstruction of six Serbian sections with a total length of 112 km on Pan-European Transport Corridor X;
- the reconstruction of the existing and construction of the second new track with a length of 44 km on the section of the Stara Pazova-Novi Sad railway;
- the reconstruction of the Serbian section of the Belgrade-Vrbnica-Bar railway line with a total length of 200 km;
- the delivery of Russia-made diesel trains for commuter traffic.
The work started on 25 March 2014 and is proceeding on schedule.
The project will result in the construction of a modern railway infrastructure that meets modern safety requirements and an increase in train speeds from 30 kph to 120 kph, and on certain sections up to 200 kph.
In addition, RZD International LLC is contributing to promoting the best domestic equipment and technologies on the Serbian market within the framework of the project.
For the purposes of the project, the enterprises of the Remputmash Group of Companies produced over 100 units of track equipment meeting European requirements.
The governments and ministries of the two countries pay close attention to the project and the respective prime ministers and senior management of Russian Railways hold regular consultations with each other.
Establishment of a Dispatch Centre for Transportation Management (DCTM) in Belgrade
In accordance with the Memorandum on Strategic Partnership signed between RZD International LLC and Serbian Railways Infrastructure on 27 October 2015, RZD International together with OJSC VNIIAS, started to implement the direction for the creation of a single DCTM in Belgrade.
The creation of a single DCTM will enable Serbian Railways to take to a new level its management and control of freight and passenger transport and achieve maximum performance and financial results.
Training Serbian railway experts at leading Russian railway universities
In accordance with the Memorandum on Strategic Partnership, the Russian side, together with Rossotrudnichestvo, is working on awarding quotas financed from Russia's federal budget in order to provide training for Serbian railway experts the specialised Russian universities in Russia. The training will lead to the baccalaureate in the following areas:
- train management systems;
- the organisation of transportation and transport management on (railway transport);
- railway rolling stock;
- automation, telemechanics and communications in railway transport;;
- railway operation;
- the construction of railways, bridges and transport tunnels.
Current maintenance of Serbian Railways infrastructure sites
The issue of involving RZD International LLC in work to service the railway infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia on the basis of long-term agreements is under consideration.
It was decided to start a pilot project on the Resnik-Batajnica section, which is part of Trans-European Corridor X and the transport bypass of the Belgrade hub for freight trains.
In the framework of the project for the construction and modernisation of Serbia's railway infrastructure, RZD International LLC is implementing a large-scale humanitarian programme.
The most important part of this project is supporting Serbia's educational institutions in each region of work performance.
The Company carried out repair work at two schools in the cities of Pančevo and Golubinci and fitted the necessary equipment. In addition, a specialised room has been set at one of the institutions up to study the Russian language.
Every year, RZD International also organises creative children's competitions, to which all the schools in Serbia and the regions of the Republic of Kosovo are invited.
In 2015, the Company implemented a major humanitarian project when it arranged a visit of Serbian students to St. Petersburg. The group was formed from the winners of a competition on Russia's history and culture. The children visited the museums and palaces of Russia's northern capital, visited the Children's Railway and the railway museum, and received memorable gifts.