Alstom plans to bring its Coradia Polyvalent hybrid train version for test running on Romanian railways, said Gabriel Stanciu, General Manager Alstom Transport Romania for Bursa local newspaper. “There is no Alstom rolling stock in Romania. Therefore, one of our objectives is to bring Alstom trains on local market, as we develop and strengthen other activities. We will bring in Romania, for test running, an efficient regional train, Coradia Polyvalent. The train manufactured by Alstom is a hybrid one (electric and diesel), that can be operated on both electrified and non-electrified lines. We hope that potential customers, especially CFR Passengers, will directly see the quality and the performances of the product “, said Stanciu.
Alstom’s activities portfolio includes seven major projects in Romania. The company has just completed the Rehabilitation of Frontiera (Border) – Curtici – Simeria railway, part of the pan-European Corridor IV, for trains to operate at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, section 1 Frontieră – Curtici – Arad – Km 614 project. The rail section is now in testing and under final approvals.
Among Alstom’s ongoing projects is the 15 year contract worth EUR 240 million awarded by Bucharest underground operator Metrorex for the maintenance of the rolling stock fleet. Through this 2004 signed contract, Alstom took over from Metrorex three depots and a repair factory, together with their staff.
Alstom Transport Romania is also carrying out the following projects: electrification, telecoms, passenger information system for Simeria-Vintu de Jos rail section; Coşlariu – Micăsasa railway section rehabilitation for trains to operate at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, passenger information system; Hot Box Detectors design and installation works in 21 locations on Corridors 4 and 9; Atlas 200 – ERTMS Level 2 solution for the Sighisoara-Coslariu-Simeria, signalling works; a contract with Serbian Railways for the installation of electronic interlocking system Smartlock 400 along the 16 km section leading towards Romania, from Panchevo Bridge to Panchevo main station.