Rail line upgrade cuts journey times for passengers and freight

Revamping an 89.5 km stretch of double-track railway line between the Romanian cities of Sighisoara and Coslariu is increasing train speeds while improving levels of safety and passenger comfort. The upgrade promises to encourage more people and businesses to choose rail transport.

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The work programme calls for the rehabilitation of 63.46 km of existing electrified track, along with the construction of 26.04 km of electrified railway line. Ten railway stations also receive make-overs as part of the project package.

The upgrade allows passenger trains to run at a maximum speed of 160 km/hour and freight trains at a maximum of 120 km/hour. This will cut journey times for passenger and goods trains alike, which should make the railway a more attractive and competitive mode of transport, particularly compared to road.

In addition, the work brings the line up to modern standards for European rail infrastructure, making it possible to provide high quality train services. The revamped line also uses the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) to ensure safety and interoperability with other rail networks.

Improving access

Passenger and freight operators, their customers and local public services will gain most from the project. The 1.12 million people who live in the counties of Mureş, Sibiu and Alba also benefit from improved accessibility to Romania’s transport network.

The line forms part of the European Union’s Trans-European Transport network, the so-called TEN-T programme. The goal of the TEN-T programme is to upgrade transport networks across Europe so that people and goods can travel efficiently across and through EU Member States. The Sighisoara-Coslariu section of rail line forms part of TEN-T priority axis 22 which travels through Romania, taking in the cities of Brasov and Bucharest. Bearing in mind this strategic link, the project is expected to bring wider benefits to the Romanian economy and the EU as a whole.

It is estimated that 600 jobs will be created during the project’s implementation phase.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Rehabilitation of the railway line Brasov - Simeria, component of the IV Pan-European Corridor, for trains circulation with a maximum speed of 160 km/h, section Sighisoara - Coslariu" is EUR 1 124 206 274, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 750 981 178 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project falls under the “Transport” Operational Programme, priority “Modernisation and development of TEN-T priority axis aiming at sustainable national transport system integrated with EU transport networks”.

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