Investment secures a modern future for Slovenia’s rail network
Following a surge of investment to carry out rail-related projects in Slovenia, Matjaž Kranjc, Director of the country’s rail infrastructure manager, SŽ-Infrastruktura, gives an overview of several important current and future projects that will modernise the Slovenian rail network and ensure it can facilitate growth volumes and keep rail competitive with other transport modes.
Modern rail infrastructure is vital to the development and growth of companies within the Slovenske železnice (SŽ) Group (the Slovenian Railways Group). The infrastructure manager SŽ-Infrastruktura has the important task of ensure public rail infrastructure is in peak condition with a view to facilitating rail operations and ensuring a non-discriminatory access to its services.
In the past few years, several large-scale infrastructure projects have been carried out on Slovenian rail network to increase line capacity and axle loads and to apply European corridor standards. Despite leading to considerable train service disruptions, such work is essential in order to facilitate development of the rail network. SŽ-Infrastruktura is mainly tasked with maintaining optimal conditions for the supply of rail services, which involves minimising disruptions, incidents and accidents on the one hand and maximising track availability and access to service facilities on the other. This is vital to achieving a modal shift from road to rail, which is one of the main targets set by railways in Europe. Current infrastructure plans at SŽ and the government suggest a number of important improvements can be expected in the next 10 years with respect to journey times, train reliability and punctuality.