Financed by funds from the European Commission, the Romanian National Railway Company (CFR) has awarded FCC Construcción a contract to develop three sections of railway in Transylvania.
The new €1.634 billion project is part of the modernisation of the Romanian railway in the Pan European Corridor IV, which runs from Dresden and Nuremberg, Germany, to Thessaloniki, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, and Constanța, Romania.
It will take place on two sections of the Frontiera – Curtici – Simeria line and on the Gurasada – Simeria railway.
FCC – in conjunction with a consortium of other firms – will build and modernise 121.62 km of railway line, 47 bridges, eight overpasses, seven underpasses, a 659m long tunnel, 19 stations and five stops.
It will also conduct electrification work and implement the European Rail Traffic Management System. Work is expected to be complete within 36 months.
Train speeds of up to 160kmh will be possible as a result of the project, boost safety, tourism and economic development in Romania, according to FCC.
The EU is supporting the improvement of railway infrastructure in order to increase railway transport speed on the continent.