German consultancy to draw up broad-gauge railway project study

Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny confirmed on April 7 that Planungs Gesellschaft mbH, a joint venture of the state rail operators of Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria, agreed earlier this week to commission a German consultancy, Roland Berger, to draw up a feasibility study on the construction of a broad-gauge railway line from Kosice to Bratislava and Vienna. Before this study is carried out, Vážny would not speculate as to when the broad-gauge railway could carry its first train. According to him, Slovakia lacks resources to pursue the project for the time being. The feasibility study contract was set at €3 million including VAT, with Slovakia contributing €1.49 million, the TASR newswire wrote.

Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny confirmed on April 7 that Planungs Gesellschaft mbH, a joint venture of the state rail operators of Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Austria, agreed earlier this week to commission a German consultancy, Roland Berger, to draw up a feasibility study on the construction of a broad-gauge railway line from Kosice to Bratislava and Vienna.

Before this study is carried out, Vážny would not speculate as to when the broad-gauge railway could carry its first train. According to him, Slovakia lacks resources to pursue the project for the time being. The feasibility study contract was set at €3 million including VAT, with Slovakia contributing €1.49 million, the TASR newswire wrote.

The study, due to be completed by mid-October, will analyse the potential economic returns and the finances required for the project, along with the impact on surrounding infrastructure and the levels of investment involved.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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