In Croatia, the average speed of trains has dropped to 60 kilometres an hour because of low investment and a lack of maintenance.
"Twenty years ago, from Zagreb to Rijeka, passenger trains were traveling 3 hours and 15 minutes. Today it is less than 5 hours," Darko Pericic, an official at Croatian Railways, told a Croatian newspaper. By comparison, trains in Germany have an average speed of 200 kilometres an hour and Austrians are experimenting with train speeds up to 330 kilometres per hour.
Poor safety on the tracks is one of the reasons why the train drivers wanted to stop rail traffic in Macedonia at the end of last year. The Macedonian Ministry of Transport promised to seek European loans to buy new trains and repair tracks.