Investing in infrastructure to rejuvenate Croatia’s railways
Croatia is currently experiencing the largest investment in railway infrastructure in the republic’s history. For Global Railway Review, Ivan Kršić, President of HŽ Infrastructure, explains the drive for investment as the company strives to modernise Croatia’s corridor routes which are so significant to its place within Europe.
HŽ Infrastructure is a 100 per cent state-owned company and the only railway infrastructure manager in the Republic of Croatia which maintains, modernises, and builds railway infrastructure and regulates railway traffic on behalf of and for the benefit of the owner, the Republic of Croatia. The company operates 2,605km of track with 531 stations and stops, 1,505 level crossings, 540 bridges and viaducts, and 109 tunnels. Of this number, 37 per cent are electrified and 10 per cent are double-track lines.
The Republic of Croatia is located on two corridors of the Core Transport Network – on the Mediterranean Corridor and on the Rhine-Danube Corridor. One of the key goals of HŽ Infrastructure is to modernise and renovate the rail network under its management, as well as the supporting infrastructure as much as possible. The focus is on modernising corridor routes with the financial support of the European Union (EU).