The rail system in Slovenia is the sum of facilities, track, track structures and railway vehicles. These all serve the provision of rail transport services and the management of the rail system as a whole. Users can access public rail transport and the public railway infrastructure is owned by the State. The Infrastructure Agency is responsible for the construction, upgrading, renovation and maintenance of the public railway infrastructure, while the management thereof is carried out by the company Slovenske železnice – Infrastruktura, d.o.o. The company Slovenske železnice – Potniški promet, d.o.o., transports approximately 15 million passengers per year with around 525 trains and the company Slovenske železnice – Tovorni promet, d.o.o., transports around 2 million tonnes of goods per year (2017).
The objectives of the programme of railway infrastructure development pursue the joint objective of the sustainable development of Slovenia. Our goals are to increase the competitiveness of the economy by reducing travel times, improve traffic flow and reduce transport costs, connect the public rail network to the EU network, improve accessibility to individual regions and inter-regional connectivity, increase traffic safety, reduce the burden on the environment, increase the effectiveness of traffic management, reduce operating costs, introduce interoperability, and ensure high standards at, well-managed and safe stations and stops within the public passenger transport system.
One of the priority programme tasks in the field of rail traffic is the implementation of the Transport Development Strategy in the Republic of Slovenia until 2030 and of the Resolution on the National Programme for the Development of Transport in Slovenia until 2030. In this context, special emphasis is placed on the development of pan-European priority rail corridors and the associated absorption of EU funds to co-finance projects.
The Public Agency for Railway Transport keeps the national register of rail vehicles and is responsible, together with the Infrastructure Inspectorate, for safety control in rail traffic.