Belgrade Public Transport and Traffic Infrastructure

Location:

Serbia

Project number:

42809

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

Public

Environmental category:

B

Target board date:

05 Jul 2017

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

30 Jun 2011

Original PSD

Translated version of this PSD: Serbian

Project Description

Provision of a loan of EUR 57 million in November 2011 to the City of Belgrade ("Original Loan") extended by additional EUR 30 million in July 2013 ("First Loan Extension") to co-finance key investments needed to complete the City's transport and traffic management programme. The loan proceeds are used for three components:

(i) major renovation of the tram tracks in central Belgrade to allow for the new trams to operate on the tram lines;
(ii) the City's main roads renewal and extension to secure a better and safer traffic flow in the City of Belgrade;
(iii) procurement of 30 new trams to be operated on refurbished tram tracks.

The third component has been fully implemented. Segments of the first two components have been completed (Vojvode Stepe Street). Otheres are currently under implementation (Slavija Square, Bulevar Oslobodjenja, Ruzveltova Street, Mije Kovacevica Street) with the expected completion by the end of 2017.

As a new phase (beginning in late 2017), restructuring of the outstanding amount under the Original Loan and First Loan Extension by revision of key financing terms and provision of an additional EUR 15 million ("Second Loan Extension") for continuation of investments under the second component above. The loan proceeds will be used for reconstruction of the Kneza Milosa Street and construction of an underground garage under this major City boulevard.

Project Objectives

Contribution to the completion of Belgrade's transport and traffice management programme.

Transition Impact

Moderate Good

Transition impact will be delivered through introduction of policies that promote commercialised approaches toward infrastructure management.

The City of Belgrade is working on tendering out a number of locations in city center to private sector to construct and operate underground garages on a private-public partnership model for a period of up to 30 years. These will be the first privately-operated car parks in Belgrade and this will mark a significant change from the current ownership and operations by the city parking company. The successful monetisation of the existing spaces to leverage further investment in off-street parking infrastructure would have a strong demonstration effect for the whole region.

In addition, with regards to public transport operations in Belgrade, the City and the Belgrade Public Transport Company ("GSP") will revise their regulatory relationship bringing it more in line with commercial best practice. The City and GSP will set mode-specific targets for costs on a per kilometre basis for each sub-mode (tram, trolleybus and the four bus depots) through a Public Service Contract. This will enable achieving clearer cost efficiencies and performance at the individual transportation mode level. The performance-based service indicators will be monitored, reported and made publicly available through clear public information procedures.

Client Information

CITY OF BELGRADE

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 166,452,065.00

EBRD has participated in the co-financing of the City's transport and traffic management strategy in the following amounts:

  • Original Loan in an amount of EUR 57 million signed in November 2011;
  • First Loan Extension in an amount of EUR 30 million signed in July 2013;
  • Second Loan Extension an amount of EUR 15 million, expected to be signed in July 2017.

In addition, EBRD will restructure its outstanding exposure under the Original Loan and the First Loan Extension in the total amount of EUR 64,452,065, expected to be signed alongside the Second Loan Extension in July 2017.

Total Project Cost

EUR 227,032,065.00

In addition to EBRD financing, the City of Belgrade will co-finance implementation of its transport and traffic management strategy from its own revenues.

Environmental and Social Summary

The Project has been categorised B. The public transport and traffic infrastructure project approved and signed in 2011 is expected to result in benefits for residents in Belgrade, principally reduced congestion, faster journey times, improved public transport and associated reductions in air pollution. The most significant impacts identified relate to potential disruption to residents and businesses during construction. Environmental impacts are limited and the main issue is the need to preserve the mature trees that line many of the roads. Health and safety during construction will be managed through appropriate contractor management procedures. Potentially negative environmental and social impacts will be mitigated though: Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP), a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP), and a Livelihood Restoration Framework (LRF), which have been agreed with the Belgrade authorities. As part of EBRD#s reporting requirements, the City has been providing environmental and social reports annually which indicate that the ESAP has been implemented as required.

For the First Loan Extension, the Bank has reviewed the detailed technical specification and maintenance schedule for the trams, and confirmed that these are of a modern design and will meet EU standards for safety, noise, maintenance and materials recycling. The Second Loan Extension is expected to contribute further to the original project aims and benefits for residents in Belgrade. Additional environmental and social due diligence will be carried out for the reconstruction of the Kneza Milosa street and construction of an underground garage along the reconstructed area. The ESAP, SEP and LRF developed for the original loan in 2011 will be updated to include information on the Kneza Milosa Street component and any newly identified impacts, as well as required mitigation measures. In addition, on the basis of the LRF, a Livelihood Restoration Plan is being developed to address impacts on businesses operating along the street section which will be reconstructed from the loan extension.

Technical Cooperation

Technical assistance as part of the Original Loan

Pre-signing

  • Environmental and Social due diligence on the proposed investments (EUR 19,705 i funded from the Bank's own resources).
  • Technical Due Diligence on Investment Programme and Analysis of PIU Functioning (GBP 54,620 i funded from the Bank's own resources).

Post-signing

  • PIU Project Management and Procurement Support (EUR 925,000, funded by the Western Balkan Investment Framework ("WBIF")).
  • Supervision of works (EUR 750,000, funded by the WBIF).
  • Update of the Belgrade SMART Plan (EUR 396,300, funded by the WBIF).

Technical assistance as part of the Second Loan Extension

  • Environmental, Social and Technical Due Diligence on the proposed new investment (EUR 45,000, funded from the Bank's own resources).
  • PIU Project Management and Procurement Support (EUR 500,000, proposed to be funded by the WBIF or an international donor).
  • Supervision of works (EUR 450,000, proposed to be funded by the WBIF or an international donor).

Company Contact Information

City of Belgrade
www.beograd.rs

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