„Soko“ high-speed train transported 1,500,000 passengers
Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Goran Vesic, and Acting Director of Srbija voz, Ivan Bulajic, welcomed 1,500,000th passenger of the high-speed train Soko at the Belgrade Center railway station today.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister pointed out that she was very proud that rail transport began to show its potential for the economic and social development of our country and the entire region.
„The high-speed railway between Belgrade and Novi Sad carried about 2.5 million passengers in almost a year, of whom 1.5 million by ‘Soko’ train, the most modern train in the region. This is the face of prosperous Serbia, but also just the beginning. We continue to invest in railway infrastructure and we will complete part of the railway to Subotica by the end of 2024. When Hungarian partners will have built their section in 2025, the trip between Belgrade and Budapest will only last for a couple of hours. Opening this route is also important for the development of domestic tourism, because it will affect the increase in the number of tourists who will come to our country from Hungary,“ she said.
Minister Goran Vesic pointed out that the high-speed railways, which would be built by the end of the decade along the entire length from Nis to Subotica, represented a new image of Serbia, which all citizens wanted to see.
„1.5 million passengers from Belgrade to Novi Sad transported by Soko train indicate what will happen on the high-speed railway Belgrade – Subotica – Budapest when we complete it. Recently, I have talked with my Hungarian colleague Janos Lazar about having Hungarian customs and police at the Belgrade – Centre station, while Serbian customs and police will be in Budapest, so that the train would not stop at the border, and Belgrade and Budapest would be connected as if they are in a single country,“ the minister said.