Work has begun on the construction of the Novi Sad – Kelebija railway

The construction of the Novi Sad-Kelebija railway, about 108 kilometers long, within the Belgrade-Budapest high-speed railway project, began in the presence of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Sijart, as well as Chinese Ambassador Chen Bo.

The ceremony marking the beginning of the works was held at the Novi Sad – Ranžirna Railway Station. The construction of a high-speed railway between Belgrade and Novi Sad costs about $ 850 million, and the works are being performed by Chinese and Russian companies. It is part of the railway project that should connect Belgrade and Budapest. The total length of the high-speed railway through our country will be 182.3 kilometers.

A model of the railway, a simulation of driving a train from the perspective of a train driver, as well as a model of a train that will travel on this railway were presented.

Beginning of construction of the Novi Sad – Kelebija railway

President Vučić said that places that were once neglected were arranged, and those that are still not, will be modern, new and clean. He added that such projects are making key changes and that there will be 49 new overpasses and bridges on the railway.

Hungarian Minister Sijarto stated that the reconstruction of the railway line between Belgrade and Budapest will contribute to the strengthening of both countries, create jobs and bring the two capitals and two countries closer.

– We, Serbs and Hungarians, want to be winners in the new world order and this new investment will help us in that. I respectfully inform the President that the works on the reconstruction of this line are being accelerated in Hungary as well – said Sijarto. He announced that the works on the Hungarian side will be finished by 2025.

The President of Serbia said that without thinking about the future, we cannot have it. There are many things that need to be done to prepare for the future, he said.

Vučić pointed out that Serbia acts pragmatically in relations with China and Hungary, but also that it feels friendship and brotherhood with those peoples that no one can destroy.

– I do not belong to those who flatter foreigners, but I will never forget how much China helped us when it took the ironworks. I want us to remember when someone does us good, and not to forget Bor, Zelezara, help in the pandemic … We have no right to forget our friends from Hungary, Prime Minister Orban and Minister Sijart, you are proud that they are our neighbors, that they sincerely defend us – says the president.

The President thanked the citizens of Novi Sad, Chinese and Hungarian friends.

– Long live the friendship between Serbia, Hungary and China – said Vučić, after which the works on the construction of the railway began with the symbolic pressure of the keys.


LHR doo participates in the construction of the railway

The project for the construction of the Belgrade-Budapest railway is worth about four billion euros, of which works in Serbia will cost about two billion, and it is part of the Chinese initiative “Belt and Road”, which has become global.

Traffic on the part of the railway provided for train speeds of 200 kilometers per hour, from Belgrade to Novi Sad should start in March next year. The section on the high-speed railway from Belgrade to Stara Pazova in the length of 34.5 kilometers is done by the Chinese companies CCCC and CRI, and the section Stara Pazova-Novi Sad in the length of 40.4 kilometers is done by the Russian RZD International. The Belgrade-Budapest railway will be about 350 kilometers long. It is planned that all works on the railway will be completed in 2025, and the ride on that route by fast train will last two hours and five minutes.

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