Revamping railway bridges means quicker journeys

A project to rehabilitate two railway bridges on the Bucharest to Constanta line in Romania will ease bottlenecks and speed up journey times for passenger and freight trains.

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The Borcea and Cernavoda bridges span the river Danube, but their condition means that trains can only travel over them at 30 km/h and 50 km/h respectively. This project modernises the bridges’ infrastructure, which allows passenger trains to travel over them at a maximum speed of 160 km/h and freight trains at a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The two bridges are the last bottlenecks to be dealt with on this route.

Completion of the work benefits both long-distance and international traffic, along with local travellers, freight operators, businesses, and public services. Those living in the project area and the region as a whole, as well as those travelling to Constanta port and the Black Sea, also benefit from improved accessibility.

European added value

In addition, there are wider benefits for Romania and Europe as the line forms part of the EU’s Trans-European Transport Network, the so-called TEN-T programme – namely priority axis 22, which takes in Athens-Sofia-Budapest-Vienna-Prague-Nuremburg/Dresden. The EU has committed billions of euros to improving transport infrastructures so that people and goods can move more efficiently in and between Member States. This TEN-T route connects the eastern EU Member States and crosses Romania from the Hungarian border to Constanta.

The project is expected to generate 745 jobs during the implementation phase.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Rehabilitation of the Railway Bridges km 152+149 and km 165+817 on the Railway Section Bucharest – Constanta” is EUR 50 268 638, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 34 286 563 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded under the priority “Modernisation and development of TEN-T priority axis aiming at sustainable national transport system integrated with EU transport networks” of the Operational Programme for Transport.

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