EIB approves funding for rail modernisation in Moldova

The European Investment Bank has approved a EUR 30 million loan for the modernisation of 233 km of a single track in the Republic of Moldova.
EUR 102 million is the total cost of the project and envisages modernisation and rehabilitation works on the railway line between Bender, Basarabeasca, Etulia and Giurgiulesti.
The project is also financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Union (EU) through its Neighborhood Investment Platform.
In June 2019, Moldovan Railways published the tender on the supervision of design and rehabilitation of the railway line. The consultancy services include design and rehabilitation measures to bring the track infrastructure and systems on the railway section up to acceptable standards, improving track speeds, infrastructure and systems maintainability, passenger ride comfort, ensuring a long service life.
The EUR 1.8 million contract is expected to start on 18 November 2019 and have an estimated overall duration of 47 months.
After modernisation works will be completed, trains will run at speeds of up to 100 km/h.
The project will restore the original design performance of the line, in particular remove the speed limitations due to the poor conditions of the track. The project will also improve the quality, safety, reliability and availability of the infrastructure, necessary to maintain the existing level of traffic. In addition, the project will increase capacity and generate a potential increase in traffic flows.

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