Croatian Railways - Articles and news items
Rail industry news / 13 October 2015 /
A fleet 10 regional EMUs for Zagreb have been delivered by KONČAR completing the first phase of an order placed by Croatian Railways (HŽ).
Mijat Kurtušic discusses the events which have made a striking difference to the Croatian railway system over the last two years.
The year 2007 for Croatian Railways has been marked by intense action in two basic areas. In one of the areas, the aim was to carry out the restructuring process which entered its key phase during the year. Pursuant to the Railways Law and the Act on the Division of Croatian Railways, a holding company was created, comprising five companies: HZ Passenger Transport, HZ Cargo, HZ Train Traction, HZ Infrastructure and HZ Holding.
The history of Croatian Railways dates back to 1860 when the Kotoriba-Cvakovec-Pragersko line was built in the scope of the Budapest-Vienna line. Croatian Railways were established on 5 October 1991, upon the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Croatia. The railways became a member of the UIC in 1992, joined CER in 2003 and are one of the youngest railways in Europe’s railway network. In parallel to Croatia’s negotiations to accede to the EU, Croatian Railways are enforcing their modernisation and restructuring plan so as to be ready for the moment when Croatia becomes a full member of the EU.