Slovenian Railways - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /
The railway has a long tradition in Slovenia. The first train arrived in 1846 and brought with it industrial development, new posts and overall progress. Nearly 170 years later, Slovenske železnice (SŽ/Slovenian Railways) are still a vital link in the Slovenian logistical chain, an indispensable part of public passenger transport, the largest exporter of services, and the largest logistical company in Slovenia.
In the last few years we have had to cope with numerous challenges set in front of us by the economic recession and the liberalisation of the European rail freight market. Our cargo does more than 90% of its business in cross-border transport and is thus closely dependent on conditions on the European and world markets. The decline in the industrial production over recent years has primarily affected industrial branches which are among the most frequent users of rail transports. On the other side of the spectrum, our passenger company has also been struggling to gain new ground. As is true also of other European operators, we have been faced by the increasing competition of low-cost airlines and with the services of smaller, flexible road carriers.
Rail industry news / 28 January 2010 /
Thales recently announced that it will provide Slovakian Railways (ZSSK Passenger) with its European Train Control System (ETCS).
Tomas Schara, Director General, Slovenian Railways describes his role The Strategic Group Plan in the future of a liberalised railway transport market.
It is widely known that the railway sector in South Eastern Europe has to handle a lot of challenges since the break-up of former Yugoslavia. Not only do government bodies and railways in the region have to face and accept them, but also their counterparts in the neighbouring countries have to be attentive and are requested to take part in the processing of these challenges. Therefore, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG, as part of the ÖBB Group, plays an active role in the South East European region.
Slovenia is a small central-European country and Slovenian Railways (SZ) is a small railway company. With just over 1,200 kilometres of railway tracks and 8,100 employees, Slovenian Railways are among the smallest of European railways. The above mentioned numbers, however, only tell part of the story about the company and the area in which it conducts business.