Construction works started on the Niš-Brestovac railway line in Serbia

Belgrade-Bar railway

Construction works have started on the Niš – Brestovac railway line in Serbia. This railway line is part of the corridor between Belgrade and Thessaloniki, which in turn is part of the Pan-European corridor X. This was announced by the Serbian railway infrastructure manager Infrastruktura Železnice Srbije on Monday 25 October. 

The line is closed every 36 hours for all train traffic and then opens 36 hours for freight traffic. Thus, from Monday 7am until Tuesday 7pm and from Thursday 7am until Friday 7pm the railway line is closed.

Only partly modernised

Reconstruction of this section should be completed in June 2023, but it represents only 15 per cent of the railway line Niš-Preševo (up till the Macedonian border). After completion, this part of the single track railway line will be suitable for train speeds of 120 km/h.

It is unknown when the rest of the railway line will be modernised and the Serbian railway infrastructure manager was unreachable for further comments. The European Union co-financed this reconstruction under the 2014-2020 Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPAII).

This article was written by Fabian Vendrig.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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