Romanian Transport Ministry has presented Bucharest Railway Ring development project, the western section: Gara de Nord – Domnești – Măgurele – Gara Progresu. According to the Ministry, this project worth over EUR 20 million brings to Romania the “urban regio” train concept, which will serve both Bucharest citizens and nearby communities.
The development project of the 68 km rail ring has three phases:
Phase I: Bucharest North – Domnești – Progresu (rail ring – West) and Bucharest North – Baneasa – Pantelimon (rail ring- North). The two sections could be operable in February 2017 after modernization works carried out in-house by the rail infrastructure manager CFR SA. The estimated cost is EUR 200,000. The first phase of the project will include 16 rail stations (nine existing and seven new)
Phase II: Rail – metro network connection (Line 1 and Line 2 Preciziei Berceni), by intermodal nodes. The deadline for this is the end of 2017, and the cost rises to about Eur 5 million.
Phase III: Progresu – Pantelimon – Bucharest North (east rail ring) rail section and the rehabilitation of stations and stops. This phase involves a series of larger works that will be performed by CFR SA until November 2018 and the necessary budget is about EUR 15 million.
“This project is part of a broader vision designed to solve Bucharest’s traffic problems, with the help of railways and metro, just as it is the rail link between Bucharest North Railway station and Otopeni Airport. In this context we can also include lot 2 of Metro Line 5 (Eroilor – Pantelimon), for which we we want to launch tender procedures in the following days, and Metro Line 6, which we will propose to the Government for approval in the coming weeks”, said Transport Minister, Sorin Buse.