Extension improves access to Bucharest’s metro
A project to extend Bucharest’s metro line No 4 and build two new stations looks set to connect more people to the city’s public transport system while speeding up journey times.
The new 1.9 km stretch of line runs from the existing Parc Bazilescu station through to Straulesti. Commuters using the route can expect to enjoy a 65 % reduction in travel time thanks to this investment. By 2017, around 3 638 700 passengers are expected use this new section of metro each year.
Welcoming new users
The main beneficiaries are the 50 000 people who live in the city’s Bucurestii Noi and Chitila districts. In addition, the scheme will improve access to Bucharest’s urban transport system for around 41 000 people who live in nearby towns, including Buftea and Mogosoaia.
Both the new stations – at Laminorului and Straulesti – are designed to accommodate 120 metre-long platforms. The new line has the same technical characteristics as the metro’s existing tracks, which means trains can run at commercial speeds of 36 km/h. The project is expected to provide 53 jobs upon completion of works.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Extension of Bucharest Metro Line 4, section Parc Bazilescu - Straulesti” is EUR 97 761 634, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 83 097 384 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Modernisation and development of TEN-T core network aiming at sustainable transport system integrated with EU transport networks”.