Refurbishment of railway line will speed up journeys through central and western Romania

The refurbishment of 74 km of railway line in central Romania will not only reduce travel times but should also encourage passengers and freight to use rail rather than road transport.

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The project includes the renewal of 57 km of electrified double-track railway lines and the construction of 18 km of new track between the cities of Coslariu and Simeria. Once completed, passenger trains will be able to operate on the route at a maximum speed of up to 160 km/h and freight trains will be able to run at 120 km/h.

The upgrade is part of a larger scheme to refurbish the strategically-important railway line between Simeria and Brasov, which forms part of the northern branch of the only trans-European railway route connecting south-eastern Europe and Greece with Germany. Improving this international route is expected to generate wider benefits for Romania and Europe as a whole.

Transport boost for local, regional and international traffic

The project is expected to increase the rail market share of passenger and freight traffic in central and western Romania, while increasing safety and comfort levels and reducing travel times. Passengers, businesses, freight operators and public services in the region will particularly benefit from the upgrade, especially the 868 000 people who live in the counties of Alba and Hunedoara. Long-distance passengers travelling from the coastal city of Constanta to the Hungarian border, as well as further afield, should also benefit.

The project will involve bringing the railway line into line with modern European infrastructure standards, ensure effective inter-operability of rolling-stock and will include implementation of the European signal and train protection system known as ERTMS/ETCS level 2.

In addition to upgrading the railway track, the project will also see the refurbishment of nine railway stations along the route. It is anticipated that the project will create around 500 jobs over three years.

Draft date

11/12/2012