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Potential Benefits of the Revitalization of the Una Railroad for the Competitiveness of the Central Dalmatian Ports

Petar Stričević orcid id ; University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies
Luka Vukić orcid id ; University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies *

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str. 63-82

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The non-electrified and obsolete Lika railroad and the interruption of traffic on the Una railroad are
limiting factors for the development of the Central Dalmatian ports, as rail transport is not competitive
there, and the natural hinterland of these ports is directed to the ports in other regions. For potential
decision-making procedure on investments in the modernization and commissioning of the two
railroads, this study provides a calculation of how the transport price per freight unit would develop on
the route Tovarnik - Solin, comparing it with that on the (competing) reference route Tovarnik - Rijeka,
also providing an assessment of this impact on the traffic of the Central Dalmatian ports. The results
show that the commissioning of the Una railroad alone, without additional investments in electrification
and modernization, would reduce transport costs per unit by 30%, in addition to all the other benefits
that an improved railroad connection brings. The modernization of the Lika railroad would reduce
unit transport costs by up to 63% and the Una railroad by up to 88% compared to current costs, and
the latter would seriously compete with transportation on the reference line. It is estimated that the
traffic on the Una railroad to the Central Dalmatian ports would amount to about 3 million tons per
year, while the traffic on the Lika railroad would maintain its current volume, with an upward trend.
Investing in the modernization and revitalization of railroads and shifting freight transport from road
to rail is in line with the EU’s strategy for sustainable transport development.

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Una railroad, Central-Dalmatian ports, competitiveness calculation, revitalization

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