Croatian road transport has developed more rapidly than other transport sectors. In addition, one may observe faster growth in the transport fleet than that of the road network itself. However, the road network has improved in quality since the adoption of the Public Roads Construction and Maintenance Programme, now better meeting the level adequate to the demands of transport volumes.
Major corridors trough the Republic of Croatia
The Republic of Croatia is unique in Central Europe in terms of its natural and geographical features. That is, it is the only Central European country that spans both the Pannonian plain and the Mediterranean coast, whilst also being a link between South-eastern Europe and Asia Minor. Two corridors run through Croatia. The first leads from Western Europe to the Black Sea, and the second from Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean. These corridors should become part of two continental transit routes in the long term. Nine corridors were identified at the ministerial Pan European Transport Conference held in Crete in 1994, while the corridors V – A, B and C, IX – A and B, and X were added subsequently at the third Pan-European Conference in Helsinki in 1997. Ministers of countries through which the X corridor should run, signed a memorandum of understanding in Thessaloniki in March 2001, while a memorandum of understanding relating to the construction of corridor V was signed in 2004, where the branches B and C are highly important to Croatia.
Corridors through Croatia:
V branch B: Rijeka – Zagreb – Budapest
branch C: Ploče – Sarajevo – Osijek – Budapest
X: Salzburg – Ljubljana – Zagreb – Beograd – Niš – Skopje – Veleš – Thessaloniki
branch A: Graz – Maribor – Zagreb
Corridor X is the most important to Croatia due to the flow of people and goods and shorter waiting times at border crossings (shortened from 70 to 40 hours). This corridor covers some 306 km of highway and 316.4 km of railways in Croatia; it begins with the motorway in Bregana and railroad in Dobova, and ends at the border with Serbia, with the Lipovac motorway section and railroad in Tovarnik. Corridor VII – the Danube also flows through Croatia.
Road passenger transport
Buses perform the transport of passengers by road, either as scheduled or chartered transport, domestically and internationally. In the Republic of Croatia in 2009, 5,071 buses were registered. A total of 58,493,000 passengers were transported with over 3.498 mil. passenger kilometres travelled
The CCE co-ordinates timetables for scheduled county, intercounty and international services in scheduled road passenger transport.
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