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Institute of Transportation CIP was awarded the second prize on the 26th International Urban Planners' Exhibition, Niš

10. 11. 2017

This year the Institute of Transportation CIP was awarded the second prize on the 26th International Urban Planners' Exhibition, Niš in the category of Regional spatial plans and specific plans for special-purpose areas. The prize was awarded for the Spatial plan for a special-purpose area in the infrastructure corridor of the Belgrade – Subotica – State border (Kelebia) railway line.

This year in Niš the Institute of Transportation CIP also presented the Urban development project for Batrovci, in addition to the awarded project.

The 26th International Urban Planners Exhibition in Niš was organized by the Serbian Town Planners Association under the auspices of the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure and the City of Niš and will last until 15th November.

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Spatial plan for a special-purpose area in the infrastructure corridor of the Belgrade - Subotica - State border (Kelebia) railway line

The Spatial plan for a special-purpose area in the infrastructure corridor of the Belgrade - Subotica - State border (Kelebia) railway line developed by the Institute of Transportation CIP was laid down in the Regulation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in April 2017.

The Spatial plan is developed with the aim of creating conditions for modernization of the Belgrade - Subotica - State border (Kelebia) railway line which is an integral part of the Hungary-Serbia Railway Project, fully in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation for the Hungary-Serbia Railway Project signed by the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia.

This Plan treats the whole infrastructure corridor of the railway line from Belgrade to State border based on the planning concept to elaborate transport corridors as single wholes in one planning document.

High technical standards are the prerequisite set by EU for Trans-European railway network in order to enhance competitiveness of railway sector. Railway sector restructuring, differently scheduled is being implemented in the Southern Europe countries. With regard to railways as a system, these changes are synchronized in the broad area and should enable implementation of the first part of the big project - modernization of the railway line from Budapest to Belgrade. This railway line will be very important for the countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Regional connections and cooperation with neighbours are the preconditions for wide integration and in this context it is the important link for strengthening the position of the Republic of Serbia in broader surroundings.

Railway land planning, using, development and protection will be based on the principles of improvement and enhancement of quality and quantity of railway transport and infrastructure, benefiting from the favourable geographical location and position in the transport network of the Republic of Serbia and faster integration in the neighbourhood while reducing the adverse environmental impacts and respecting the European standards, stability of the system, environmental reliability, safety and economic viability.

The vision involves well developed, safe and efficient railway network with appropriate technology development level and application of adequate technical solutions for high-performance railway lines which enable good connections to surrounding regions. The long-term objective of railway network development is to have high-quality main railway lines for combined passenger and freight transport and speeds to 200 km/h in the Republic of Serbia, which belong to Corridor X and top-priority routes in Southern East Europe.

The Plan objectives (establishment of planning basis) are: to enable implementation of the project for construction, modernization and reconstruction of the Belgrade - Novi Sad railway section; to check strategic route of the Novi Sad - Subotica - State border (Kelebia) railway section; to solve potential physical conflicts and to achieve positive effects in the infrastructure corridor.

The special-purpose area - infrastructure corridor of the railway line is a linear infrastructure system. Accordingly, the Plan accentuate technical solutions which are the basis to treat other plan settings and/or parts of the Plan addressing physical conflicts, the special purpose area impacts, solutions and priorities.

Development of spatial plans for special-purpose areas for the infrastructure systems basically relay upon technical documentation, and the technical documentation level is a foundation needed for selecting parts in the area of coverage that are sufficiently detailed for immediate implementation.

This approach enables to harmonize the detail level of technical documentation and the detail level of planning concepts, which is extremely important for those parts of the Plan that represent a foundation for immediate implementation.

Methodology approach to the special-purpose matter in this Plan represents a synthesis of elements defined in the planning assignment, existing inputs, available technical documentation and the Plan contents stipulated by the law.

One of the Plan characteristics is enlargement of the existing infrastructure corridor to minimize negative environmental impacts.

The special-purpose area includes the infrastructure corridor of the railway line for speeds to 200 km/h that consists of three characteristic sections: Belgrade - Stara Pazova, detailed elaboration with elements for immediate implementation, Stara Pazova - Novi Sad, harmonization of existing solutions, and Novi Sad - Subotica - State border (Kelebia), strategic plan with elements and guidelines for further elaboration.

The next planning stage will involve detailed elaboration of the Novi Sad - Subotica section synchronized with the preparation of technical documents by the Institute of Transportation CIP.