Romania to have a General Transport Master Plan

CFR SA_Posada_IMG_0770The General Transport Master Plan will be approved by the Government next week and then we will present it to the European Commission and then implement it, declared Romanian Minister of Transport Ioan Rus, after meeting the presidents of the Transport Committees of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

“We presented the final version of the Master Plan to the two committees. There were few observations and pertinent corrections that can be made without major changes”, said Minister Ioan Rus.

Following public debates (the last one took place in October 2014), investments in the rehabilitation of railway corridors have been proposed – for a number of 3,219 km – but also investments in the rehabilitation of railways with economic potential – 1,131 km.

Also, the final draft of the General Transport Master Plan proposed for electrification all the railway sectors pertaining to the TEN-T Core Network, a total of 425 km. The implementation of railway sectors with increased speed that would connect the main Romanian centres, over 1,000 km, was also proposed.

The final draft of the General Transport Master Plan recommends the acquisition of 90 rolling stock units (locomotives, EMUs and DMUs).

According to the estimations of the ministry, total railway investments amount to almost EUR 19 Billion.

Projects will be carried out from 2014 to 2030.

“The conclusion of the two committees was to support the Master Plan and the actions the Government is taking at the moment. It was a univocal vote for an agreement so that the Government could take all necessary steps for the Master Plan to become operational as fast as possible”, concluded Mihai Viorel Fifor, president of the Committee for Transport and Energy of the Senate.

 

The railway projects included in the final draft include the following lines:

 

No.

Project name

(railway rehabilitation, rolling stock acquisition, railway doubling and electrifications)

Length (km)

Network

Estimated cost

(mil. EUR)

1 Bucharest – Giurgiu (upgrade to higher speed) 88 TEN – T Core 132
2 Predeal – Brașov – Sighișoara (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 154 TEN – T Core 3,288
3 Sighișoara – Coșlariu – Simeria (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 169
4 Simeria – Gurasada – Km. 614 (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 148
5 Km. 614 – Arad – Curtici (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 26
6 Coșlariu – Aiud – Cluj-Napoca (upgrade to design speed) 106
7 Bucharest – Craiova – Strehaia (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 269 TEN – T Core 2,242
8 Strehaia – Caransebeș – Timișoara (upgrade to higher speed) 264
9 Timișoara – Arad (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 57
10 Craiova – Calafat (upgrade to higher speed, electrification) 96 TEN – T Core 169
11 Ploiești – Bacău – Pașcani – Iași (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 407 TEN – T Core 3,093
12 Pașcani – Suceava – Dărmănești (upgrade to speeds of 160 km/h) 71
13 Dărmănești – Vicșani (upgrade to design speed, electrification) 30
14 Buzău – Făurei – Brăila – Galați (upgrade to design speed) 131 TEN-T Comp
15 Cluj-Napoca – Dej – Beclean (upgrade to design speed) 83 TEN – T Core 2,581
16 Beclean – Ilva Mică – Vatra Dornei – Suceava (upgrade to design speed) 239 TEN – T Core
17 Timișoara – Stamora Moravița (upgrade to design speed, electrification) 56 TEN – T Core 136
18 Cluj-Napoca – Oradea (upgrade to design speed, doubling, electrification) 152 TEN-T Comp 1,406
19 Oradea – Satu Mare – Baia Mare (upgrade to design speed) 192 TEN-T Comp 1,111
20 Baia Mare – Dej (upgrade to design speed) 135
21 Bucharest – Titu – Pitești – Vâlcele (upgrade to design speed) 130 TEN-T Comp 785
22 Vâlcele – Rm. Vâlcea (new line) 38
23 Rm. Vâlcea – Sibiu – Sebeș – Vințu de Jos (upgrade to design speed) 178

Total railway interventions

3219

14,943

 

 

 

No.

Rehabilitation of railways with economic potential

Length (km)

Network

Estimated cost

(mil. EUR)

1 Filiași – Rovinari – Tg. Jiu – Petroșani – Simeria (upgrade to design speed) – “Coal railway” 209 TEN- T Comp 1,045
2 Pitești – Slatina – Craiova (upgrade to design speed) – “Automotive Industry Railway” 142 Others 710
3 Fetești – Făurei (upgrade to design speed) – “Grain Railways ” 89 TEN-T Comp 445
4 Făurei – Tecuci – Bârlad – Vaslui – Iași (upgrade to design speed, electrification) 262 Others 1,310
5 Oravița –Anina ”Simmeringul Banatului” (56.1 mil. EUR/32 km) 429 Others 385
6 Turda – Abrud “Moților Railway” (141.1 mil. EUR/93 km)
7 Luduș – Măgheruș “Lechința Railway” (42.3 mil. EUR/94km)
8 Caransebeș – Subcetate “Sarmizegetusa Railway” (79 mil. Euro/74km)
9 Tg Mureș – Băile Sovata “Nirajului Railway” (37.4 mil. Euro/74km)
10 Sibiu – Agnita “Hârtibaciu Railway” (28.8 mil. Euro/58km)

Total railway interventions with economic potential

1131

 

3,895

Total railway interventions

4350

 

18,838

 


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