North Macedonia and Serbia plan construction of high-speed railway


A pact of collaboration for the establishment of a rapid transit railway between the Serbian town of Nis in the south and the capital city of North Macedonia has been inked by Serbia and North Macedonia.

The initial step of the 50-kilometer railway plan will concentrate on the Skopje-Nis-Belgrade stretch (Image: AdobeStock)

The Media Information Agency (MIA) has reported that the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of Transport and Communications of North Macedonia, Blagoj Bochvarsi, together with the Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Goran Vesić, have all signed the document in the presence of Prime Ministers Dimitar Kovachevski and Ana Brnabić.

North Macedonia's Prime Minister, Dimitar Kovacevski, stated that the proposed railway line, which is part of the Corridor X initiative linking Athens, Thessaloniki, Skopje, Nis, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Salzburg, will improve transportation infrastructure and boost economic cooperation among the nations involved.

The initial stage of the railway venture, which spans over a distance of 50km, will pay special attention to the route linking Skopje to Nis and Belgrade respectively. Additionally, a new section will be built, allowing travelers to reach Skopje International Airport from the city center.

According to reports, the governments of both parties will create a working committee to establish a strategy for the initiative in the upcoming weeks.

According to a statement from the Serbian government, both countries have requested financial aid from the European Union in order to back up the railway initiative.

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