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.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Apr 2010 at 10:00