Rail accident adds nuisance to already distressed Slovenian network
An accident involving two colliding trains on the Divaca-Koper main railway line in Slovenia is cause for extra trouble in the country’s already impaired railway network. The accident forced the infrastructure manager to close the line for almost 24 hours, between 1:10 pm on 10 September and 2:20 pm on 11 September, causing a stoppage of freight trains transiting to and from the port of Koper.
METRANS was among the most heavily affected companies, having to cancel a bunch of trains that will not be able to be replaced any time soon. This is also an effect of the current capacity restrictions posed by Slovenian Railways in light of massive infrastructure maintenance works.
Works and closures
As if the nuisance of a closed railway line for a whole day was not enough, customers using the Slovenian railway network should expect more closures, with some already taking place. An infrastructure maintenance project that the Slovenian Railways (SZ) implement during September will see eight lines under construction during this period, With two more longer-term projects that started in August also being carried out.
Most of the lines involved in the project are in the North-West of the country, close to the borders with Austria and Italy. Slovenia has also been dealing with overloaded ports in the summer, forcing infrastructure managers to announce a ban on loading cargo in July.
The maintenance works highlight the following lines: the Anhovo-Nova Gorica line, the section linking Bohinjska Bistrica and Podbrdo in the North-West of Slovenia, the Bohinj Railway line, and the railway connecting Ljubljana to Jesenice. Closures will span between 7 and 25 September, and more details can be found here.