Romanian state-owned railway infrastructure manager CFR SA has signed a EUR 686 million financing contract with the European Commission (INEA- Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) for four railway projects included in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Programme.
The most important project approved is the modernisation of Brasov-Apata and Cata-Sighisoara railway sections, part of Brasov – Sighisoara line. The total value of the project is EUR 677 million. The main objective of the project is to promote sustainable mobility along the Rhine-Danube Corridor, by increasing train speed, reducing travel time for passenger and freight trains, increasing traffic safety by introducing modern traffic management and signalling systems and last but not least, to protect the environment according to new EU interoperability standards and regulations.
Another project with eligible budget of EUR 1 million concerns the improvement of the institutional capacity and project implementation within CFR, in order to ensure higher quality, efficiency and transparency in managing EU funds for carrying out the drafting and implementation of railway infrastructure projects within agreed schedule, projects eligible for financing through financial instruments offered by EC to member states over 2014- 2020.
The updated feasibility study for rehabilitation of Craiova- Calafat railway is the third project financed by a EUR 1.4 million grant. The aim of the project is to update documents according to Technical Standards of Interoperability, taking into account provisions of demands for passenger and freight traffic at national and international levels, as well as launching tender procedures for works design and execution.
The last project is the feasibility study for the rehabilitation of Craiova-Drobeta Turnu Severin-Caransebes railway, to benefit from grant of EUR 8 million. The aim of the project is to prepare the documentation for the feasibility study with standards imposed by European corridors and the immediate launch of tender procedures for the design and execution of works on that section.