EU Money for Modernisation of 95 Croatian Level Crossings Coming

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, HZ Infrastruktura (Infrastructure) (HZI) is embarking on a major project involving the reconstruction and modernisation of 94 Croatian level crossings (railway) and one pedestrian crossing across he country, the total value of the work stands at 208.7 million kuna.

Most of it will be provided through European Union funds, on which an agreement was signed a couple of days ago between the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, HZ Infrastruktura and the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting. As much as 142.6 million kuna is coming directly from EU funds, and the rest will be provided from the Croatian state budget.

As has since been explained by HZI, this project aims to increase safety at Croatian level crossings and consequently reduce the overall number of potential traffic accidents.

Most of the Croatian level crossings that will be modernised are located in Bjelovar-Bilogora, Pozega-Slavonia, Osijek-Baranja, Virovitica-Podravina and Varazdin counties.

Activities on the project include works and equipping all Croatian level crossings with automatic electronic signalling and safety devices that use light signals which boast LED technology and loud bells for safe traffic, while 79 crossings will be additionally equipped with half fenders.

As part of the project, the previously designed railway-road and pedestrian crossings along the railways will be further secured and equipped.

The relevant ministry has noted that this is the 68th project in the Croatian transport sector contracted through the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Programme, which brought the total value of all of the projects contracted through this programme up to an impressive eighteen billion kuna, most of which, twelve billion kuna, comes from EU funds.

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