Romania to complete a new Corridor IV rail section this year

 

Sighisoara Tunnel

Romanian Transport State Secretary Ovidiu Sirbu announced that Sighisoara-Coslariu section, part of Brasov-Simeria railway, will be completed by the end of the year. The railway will allow trains to reach speeds of 160 km/h.
The declaration has been made during a work visit on the site of the project known as “Rehabilitation of Brasov-Simeria railway, part of the pan-European Corridor IV for the traffic of trains at maximum speeds of 160 km/h.”
“Although as far as road infrastructure is concerned, things are not going as well as we wished to, I have been pleasantly surprised to see an extraordinary mobilisation for the nearly 100 km of railways of the pan-European Corridor IV, between Sighisoara and Coslariu. The rehabilitation of Brasov- Simeria railway, part of the pan-European Corridor IV stipulates that the traffic of trains should reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h on the above-mentioned section”, added Ovidiu Sarbu.
Present at the technical visit on the railway site, CFR SA’s general manager Ion Gavrila confirmed that the teams make all necessary efforts to resume traffic on this railway section by the end of the year.
The State Secretary next said that the evolution of works will be observed over the following period and other site visits will be scheduled.
“Of course, many would say that it is not a big deal since western trains travel at speeds of up to 300 km/h, but we should take into account the difference between high-speed trains and conventional trains. Conventional trains have a specific European standard namely the maximum speed of 160 km/h which is also valid in France or Germany, for example”, added State Secretary Ovidiu Sarbu.
Works include alignments, the superstructure, civil engineering in stations and energy supply works. The most important works completed on Sighisoara – Coslariu section are:
-The arch bridge across Tarnava Mare River

  • opening – 125 m
  • length – 134.6 m
    The IInd traffic line on the Arch Bridge
  • new construction in front of Sighisoara tunnel, between Sighisoara railway station and Sighisoara tunnel

– Sighisoara Tunnel located between Sighisoara and Danes railway stations, undercrosses DN 13 at depths ranging between 5 and 14 m. The tunnel has three distinct parts, customised by the execution method:

  • artificial tunnel (Sighisoara entrance), with a length of 20 m
  • natural tunnel with a length of 325 m
  • artificial tunnel (Danes entrance), with a length of 56 m

-The 969-m long Danes Tunnel, the longest railway tunnel built in Romania after 1989.
Danes Tunnel is built using a modern technology implemented in three distinct parts, customised by the execution method:

  • artificial tunnel (Sighisoara entrance), with a length of 20 m
  • natural tunnel with a length of 862 m
  • artificial tunnel (Danes entrance) with a length of 87 m

 All these works will allow reaching a maximum traffic speed of 160 km/h on a section as longer as possible on Sighisoara-Atel route and the bridges across Tarnava, on Medias-Copsa Mica segment.
The contract was signed in 2012 between CFR SA, beneficiary, and the association of FCC Construcción SA, Alpine BAU GmbH and Azvi SA. After Austrian company Alpine BAU announced bankruptcy in 2013, section works have been carried out by the other two companies, FCC Construcción SA and Azvi SA.
The project is worth around RON 872.64 million (around EUR 187 million).

 


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