The Railway Station Belgrade Marshalling in Makiš, one of the largest marshalling stations in the South-East of Europe, marked appropriately 40 years of its existence and operations on November 2.
In the presence of “Serbian Railways” Director General, Milovan Marković and Management Board President, Zoran Anđelković, with their associates, the occasion of marking the anniversary brought together a large number of guests, station employees and retired workers of the railway. It was an opportunity for Heads of station for traffic operations Arsen Ristović and Head
of station for transport-commercial affairs, Ljiljana Ivanović, as well as for Miroslav Stojčić, Head of Railway Junction, to award a number of acknowledgments to the deserving employees.
Construction of the Railway Station Belgrade Marshalling began in 1970 and lasted for a whole decade. The Station is located on the main international Corridor X and it has a central spot in the Belgrade railway Junction. This is a unique marshalling station with fourteen arrival tracks, and the total of 48 tracks with the length of over 70 kilometers. Station is designed as the most modern one, with daily capacity of 6 thousand shunting freight wagons. In the past decade the capacities within station were reconstructed to improve operations and to increase transport volume.
Bearing in mind that one of the highest priorities of the Serbian Government is development of Corridor X through Serbia, the Railway Station Belgrade Marshaling is yet to gain its importance. The development of Corridor X in Serbia shall redirect freight traffic flows in this part of Europe onto our railway lines, and the station in Makis, with its capacities and possibilities, will be the one which will create conditions for acceptance and dispatching of large quantities of goods which are expected in the future period.
Area and location of station Belgrade Marshalling, the potential of track capacity and proximity of the major roads, make it ideal for the construction of future intermodal terminal, for which domestic and international operators are already showing interest. In this manner, the conditions are created for developing of important intermodal junction which is close enough to the city center to provide quality transshipment services, but again, also far away in order to meet increasingly stringent environmental requirements in the city zone, where railway has an advantage over other transport modes.
In that way, railway station Belgrade Marshalling would, in a near future, get a new role, a role of a broader freight-transportation centre in Serbia and also in its neighboring countries where the railway would play a leading role.