Saša Džumhur, Amra Zvizdić

Last modified: 2017-02-28


When warring parties signed the “General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina” back in 1995, numerous railway ridges were destroyed, railway tracks mined, station buildings demolished and most of the rolling stock and locomotives destroyed or
severely damaged. “The Study on the Transport Master Plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (JICA for World Bank, 2000) estimated (aggregated) value of direct damages to the railway sector in the country at 1,000 million US$. Within the “Emergency Transport Reconstruction Program”, major railway capacities were reconstructed / rehabilitated, enabling the re-establishment of railway operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the next stage, International Financial Institutions strongly supported not only institutional capacity building but also the drafting of relevant Studies with the primary objective of defining priority projects for the railway sector. Two railway lines connecting Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, Sarajevo with the Croatian port of Ploče in the south and the Hungarian Capital Budapest in the north are included in the “5th Pan-European Transport Corridor” (branch c) and “SEETO Comprehensive Network” as well. This paper focuses on railway lines in the 5th Pan-European Transport Corridor (Šamac-
Sarajevo and Sarajevo-Čapljina) rehabilitation projects from 2005 onwards. Being active participants in some of the projects, the authors had the opportunity to be involved in discussions with representatives of the Beneficiaries and the Banks, to conduct field surveys and comprehensive desk research as well and some of their findings are represented herein.


railways rehabilitation projects, Corridor Vc, analysis

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