European Union finances extension of Bucharest metro
EUR 251.8 million of the Cohesion Fund is being invested in an extension of the fifth metro line in the Romanian capital. The Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu explained: "Thanks to the EU, Bucharest is now building a modern metro, which will ultimately have a positive impact on the quality of air in the city, as well as on local businesses, tourism, and of course, the residents of the newly-served neighbourhoods." Once the work is completed, the new section will link the west of the city to the centre, stretching from Strada Râul Doamnei to Eroilor metro station, which is connected to lines 1 and 3. It will be approximately 7 km long, with 10 new stations and a depot. The new section will carry more than 64 000 Bucharest residents commuting between these two parts of the city in less than quarter of an hour. The work is set to be completed by June 2018.