The rolling stock fleet of state-owned passenger rail operator, CFR Calatori will be renewed following a tender for new multiple units, locomotives and coaches planned for 2017, announced Robert Dobre, the president of the Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF), in an interview for the local press.
The tender will be divided into several lots comprising EMUs, DMUs, locomotives and coaches. The new trains will feature air conditioning and internet connection, and will be able to run at 160 km/h. The contracts will also include maintenance services.
“The Transport Ministry has aimed for a long time to purchase new rolling stock, and now has this possibility through the Railway Reform Authority and through ensuring financing under the Transportation Master Plan sources,” said Dobre.
According to Dobre, ARR intents to purchase 100-150 multiple units co-financed under EU available funds and targets to set delivery date in October-November 2018. A feasibility study for the acquisition is being carried out in order to identify what type of rolling stock is necessary.
The tender will be launched after AFR will become operational. The organisations has been recently set up and is responsible with reforming / restructuring the rail network, streamlining rail transport and enhancing its competitiveness, sizing it within the limits of financial sustainability, awarding public service contracts in accordance with the European and national regulatory requirements and developing and promoting business contracts concluded with the railway infrastructure manager, ensuring the purchase of rolling stock for passenger rail operators and introducing effective programs for the rail sector’s activity as per the National Transport Master Plan and the efficiency strategy to be prepared in this regard.