Romania starts modernisation works on a Rhine-Danube Corridor rail section

Within this project, of more than EUR 570 million, over 40 km of railway infrastructure and superstructure will be modernised so that trains could run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

The Romanian Ministry of Transports announced on April 4 that works on the Gurasada-Simeria railway section have started. Currently, the contractors are assembling temporary bridges to provide the work site for the specialized teams of workers.

We remind that in August 2017, CFR SA (the Romanian rail infrastructure manager) and FCC – Astaldi – Convensa consortium signed a contract worth RON 2.63 billion (EUR 572.8 million) for the modernisation of the Gurasada-Simeria section. The consortium consists of FCC Construcction, Astaldi S.p.A and Contratas Y Ventas companies, with FCC Construcction as consortium leader.

The section is located on TEN-T priority axis 22 (Rhine-Danube Corridor, northern branch) which provides the rail connection of Nürnberg-Prague-Vienna-Budapest-Curtici-Simeria-Brasov-Bucharest-Constanta corridor.

The contract’s objective is the modernisation of 40.88 km of rail infrastructure and superstructure for passenger trains to travel at maximum speeds of 160 km/h, embankment works and consolidations on the whole distance, the construction of 17 bridges (of which 3 over Mures River), 27 culverts, 4 overpasses, 3 underpasses, civil engineering works in 9 railway stations (including commercial stops), electrification and energy supply works, as well as the implementation of ERTMS traffic safety system (ETCS level 2+GSM-R). The financing source is ensured from EU non-reimbursable and state budget funds, the completion period is within 3 years, plus a grace period of 2 years.

We also remind that in November 2017, the Romanian Ministry of Transports signed the financing application for this project.

Photo: Ministry of Transports

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