745 million euros for the modernization of the railway in Romania. The European Investment Bank (EIB) plans to allocate 745 million euros for the modernization of the Arad-Sighisoara railway, which starts a few kilometers east of the main station, about 30 kilometers east of the border between Romania and Hungary.

745 million euros for the modernization of the railway in Romania
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The modernization of the 308 km railway line includes the deployment of the ERTMS Level 2 signaling system. Once completed, passenger trains will be able to travel at 160 km/h and freight trains at 120 km/h, with increased axle loads and maximum allowable train lengths. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to CFR SA.

3 billion euros is the estimated cost of the entire project, on which construction work is being carried out at different stages and sections. The project is expected to improve the quality of regional rail transport in northwest Romania, as well as national and international rail transport using the Arad-Sighisoara railway section of the Rhine-Danube TEN-T corridor. Major improvements will include reduced travel times, savings in vehicle operating costs, environmental and safety benefits.

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The project will facilitate the transition from road and air transport to rail transport and therefore improve the sustainability of transport by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and therefore mitigating the effects of climate change in line with EU goals.

The project is also expected to meet the TEN-T corridor compatibility requirements set by Regulation (EC) No. 1315/2013 on the Arad-Sigiosoara railway line, part of the TEN-T Rhine-Danube corridor connecting Dresden and Constanta.


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