Implementation period: 05.2009 – 06.2010
The railway line from Kicevo to the Albanian border is part of the Pan-European Corridor VIII, which connects Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria and is the only railway link from the Black Sea to the Adriatic Sea (from the port of Durres to the port of Varna). In North Macedonia, within the framework of Corridor VIII, there should be 309 km of railway line, of which 152 km have been built, from Kumanovo to Kicevo.
The corridor should be considered as a single project covering the entire infrastructure – port, rail, and road. The completion of Corridor VIII will result in better transport and economic connectivity between the East and the West, as well as in improved efficiency of transport services. The section from Kicevo to the border with the Republic of Albania connects underdeveloped regions and the construction of a railway line in the area will stimulate their economic growth.
The main activities implemented under the contract are:
Preparation of a feasibility study of the railway section, financial analysis and traffic forecasting studies;
Preparation of a conceptual design for the selected option for the railway line, including stations and turnouts, etc.