Romanian Ministries of Environment and Transport discuss the possibility of using European environment funds for the procurement of five hydrogen trains for Gara de Nord – Otopeni Airport new railway.
Romania could become the first country in Central and Eastern Europe to own hydrogen trains for railway passenger transport. Initially, they could be put into operation on Gara de Nord – Otopeni Airport railway after its inauguration, expected in 2020. According to sources from the Romanian Ministry of Transport, there are currently talks between the officials of the Ministry of Transport and those of the Ministry of Environment regarding the possibility of using European environment funds for the procurement of the trains since they are non-polluting.
For now, the authorities discuss the acquisition of five units, but other trains could later be bought for the non-electrified sections that cannot be electrified for various reasons.
The project is in conformity with the EU who is paying special attention to non-polluting transport modes and alternative fuels.