Location Prishtina, Kosovo
Client Infrastruktura e Hekurudhave te Kosoves (InfraKos)
Services Construction Management
Project Value €80 million
Kosovo’s Railway Route 10 runs from the country’s border with Serbia in the north to the border with North Macedonia in the south. In addition to comprising Kosovo’s sole railway connection to the wider region, Route 10 is part of the Trans-European Transport Network’s (TEN-T) Core Network Corridors and a key connector between Europe’s rail lines and maritime shipping routes in the Mediterranean Sea.
To bring the route into compliance with European Union (EU) railway standards and enable faster travel, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is investing in a comprehensive rehabilitation project to take place over three phases. Infrastruktura e Hekurudhave të Kosovës (Infrakos), the agency responsible for the operation and maintenance of Kosovo’s railway network, is leading the implementation. Hill is providing construction management support for the project.
Phases 1 and 2 are currently underway, with Phase 3 in the planning stage. The whole project will bring Railway Route 10’s existing infrastructure and equipment into compliance with TEN-T and EU standards. This includes upgraded or new high-level signage, telecommunication equipment, switches, tracks, track bed, culverts, bridges, and tunnels. Overall, the project represents the largest investment in Kosovo’s railway transportation infrastructure in decades. The upgrades will allow for an increase in passenger and freight travel speeds up to 120 km/h and an increase in freight axel load to 22.5 tons.
The Hill team is providing technical expertise to help local contractors bring their methods into compliance with the Contract’s requirements, Eurocodes, and EU norms. Hill is also managing the project’s costs, schedule, and risk. Some of Hill’s notable solutions on the project include: