A consortium including US consultant Hill International and Italian engineer Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie has been awarded a EUR 50 million contract by Kosovo Railways to supervise the rehabilitation and upgrade of the line that connects the country’s railway network with the rest of the region. The team was appointed to the second phase of the project by Infrakos, Kosovo’s rail operator. It will cover a 34km stretch from Fushë Kosovë, just outside of the capital Pristina, north to Mitrovicë. This line was last overhauled 40 years ago.Hill and GCF are also working on the first phase of the scheme, from Fushë Kosovë south to the border with North Macedonia. About half of this contract has now been completed.The 15-month project aims to increase the maximum speed on the line – damage sustained in the 1998-99 war has reduced speed on the line to 60km/h on average, and 20km/h on many bridges and tunnels. It also involves the construction of a freight station, maintenance workshops and a locomotive depot. Some 16 bridges on the line will have to be reinforced, or else demolished and rebuilt to bring them up to European standards.Five stations will also be refurbished, at Mitrovice, Vushtri, Druar, Prelluzhe and Obiliq-Kastriota.Hill will provide construction management technical and financial supervision of the works.Rail Route 10 runs north to south across Kosovo. It is part of the EU’s Corridor X, which connects eastern European with the eastern Mediterranean.