Will Belgrade finally be getting a new railway station?
Ok, we have to stop and be honest here, it isn’t exactly an entirely new railway station and there should definitely be a question mark at the end of our headline. It’s the long-awaited Beograd Centar (generally better known as Prokop) railway station.
Work began on Prokop in 1977. Yes, that’s right, well before Tito’s death, back when Yugoslavia was still a communist country. Works halted once the main concrete construction was in place and there have been many false re-starts since. In 2008 the station started servicing the BeoVoz and BG:Voz regional and suburban rail lines but only on one set of platforms.
Since then, a loan of US$28.2 million from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has spurred on new development of the station. The money will be used to make enough of the station’s platforms fit for passenger services to enable the closure of the current Main Railway Station. This is important as the lines serving the Main Railway Station dissect the proposed site of the Belgrade Waterfront megaproject and their removal is one of the necessary preconditions for the project to get under way.
The current works, due to be completed on the 26th of this month (with the station set to open for services on the 27th), are considered to be part of the first phase. Subsequent phases of construction should involve completing a ticket hall for passengers and other services such as a retail section and hotel accommodation. Financing for these phases has yet to be raised, however.
Beograd Centar (Prokop) Railway Station: