ZAGREB, June 10, 2019 – A grant agreement was signed on Monday in Zagreb for the first phase of upgrading the city’s tram infrastructure which will incorporate 11 tramline sections, 8,194 metres long, three control stations and the preparation of a transport feasibility study with a total value of 260 million kuna, 85% of which will be covered from the EU Cohesion Fund and 15% from the state budget.
The agreement was signed by Minister of the Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, the director-general of the city’s ZET tram and public bus operator, Ljuba Žgela, and Central Finance and Contracting Agency (SAFU) director Tomislav Petrić.
Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić, who attended the ceremony, underscored that the agreement was yet another example of good cooperation that will enable improving the quality of the city’s public transport infrastructure, and announced the construction of another 60 low-floor trams.
Minister Butković said that the project of upgrading the tram infrastructure in Zagreb in addition to the procurement of new buses and the construction of the new roundabout at the southern entrance to the city, in all amount to about 430 million kuna in grants, which is confirmation that an investment cycle has launched valued at about 20 billion kuna throughout Croatia.
With today’s agreement, we have reached a level of signing contracts for 85% of available funds from Operational Programme Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014 – 2020, which is about 11.5 billion kuna in grants for transport projects and 94% of the available funds for European connectivity or an amount of 15 billion kuna in grants for transport projects throughout Croatia, he added.
Žgela recalled that in 2017 the City of Zagreb had signed an agreement for the procurement of 15 new buses valued at 32 million kuna and another agreement in January this year for an additional 29 buses valued at 55 million kuna.
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