Mediterranean Corridor (Rail R2): Rehabilitation of Vora/Vorë - Han i Hotit Railway Line

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Project Financing

EBRD Loan € 31,000,000
WBIF Grant WB16-ALB-TRA-01 € 4,500,000
Other Sources Other Sources € 61,360,000
Other Sources Other Sources € 30,360,000
Total € 127,220,000
Total Grants € 4,500,000
Total Loans € 31,000,000

Project Description

The project for the rehabilitation of the railway line Vora - Han i Hotit (border with Montenegro) is part of the indicative extension of the TEN-T Core Network in the Western Balkans. This is Albania’s international rail link, connecting the country with Montenegro and beyond.

As such, the project has a significant cross-border and therefore regional impact. In addition to carrying major in-country rail traffic, the line connects Albania’s domestic network to the regional and European railway networks through Corridor X.

The investment involves a complete overhaul of the entire railway line (120.2 km and 13 railway stations) for traffic speed of up to 120 km/h, including the installation of a new signalling system and safety improvements.

The project builds on previous WBIF TA and is at an advanced stage of preparation. The grant approved in December 2016 finances the preparation of the detailed design and tender documents for the rehabilitation works. It complements two other WBIF projects (PRJ-ALB-TRA-002 and PRJ-ALB-TRA-007), which also focus on creating efficient railway links amongst the Western Balkans states as well as between the latter and the EU. 

Results and Benefits

  • establishing an international railway connection between capitals including between Tirana and Podgorica, Belgrade and Zagreb, Ljubljana and Budapest, and further
  • significantly increase freight traffic entering into/going out of Albania via this indicative extension of TEN-T core network, arriving at port of Durres or going out from Bajza to Tuzi and beyond
  • Countries: Albania
  • Code: PRJ-ALB-TRA-008
  • Sector: Transport
  • Monitor IFI: EBRD
  • Status: Preparation
  • Beneficiary:
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