Romanian state owned rail passenger operator CFR Calatori plans to launch a tender for the acquisition of five new electric multiple units. The operator expects RON 100 million (EUR 22 million) to be provided by the state government for this project and a total of RON 126 million (EUR 27 million) financing from the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LIOP) 2014 -2020 and other sources. The new trains will serve medium-distance routes, mainly on modernised lines like București – Constanța, București – Brașov and București – Craiova.
“The initial intention of the company was to purchase 120 EMUs and 120 DMUs. This would be the volume of new rolling stock required for the next seven years “, stated Iosif Szentes, CFR Calatori CEO.
The international tender will be announced this spring and the acquisition contract could be signed by the end of the year.
CFR Calatori will also invest in the modernisation of 30 passenger coaches.