Romanian prime minister, Victor Ponta announced starting discussions with China’s Government on a high-speed railway line connecting Bucharest, Iasi and Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova.
“Now transport minister Rus has initiated more advanced discussions because we can’t run this pilot project on the Bucharest-Constanta line, which is a European Corridor and the Commission is opposing a new project. We’ve made this proposal and next we have feasibility studies, it would be a line that connects Bucharest-Iasi and further on to Chisinau. Of course, the costs are quite high, but as a first pilot project for Central and Eastern Europe, I would like Romania to be the first to have such a line, and the technology developed in China in recent years has proven to be highly efficient and extremely safe”, Ponta declared. He also stated that a high speed rail with a maximum speed of 350 km/h costs about USD 20 million per km.