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Old November 9th, 2011, 06:59 AM   #101
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Romanian railways company to revamp Vintu de Jos-Simeria railway section with EUR 317 mln
NOVEMBER 8, 2011 AT 3:53 PM

Romanian state-owned railways company CFR SA has awarded the contract for construction works and installations on Vintu de Jos – Simeria section in Romania to an association made of companies Swietelsky – Strabag – Alstom – Arcada – Euro Construct – Transferoviar Group. The value of the contract amounts to EUR 317 million, without VAT, and the funding sources are the European Commission, with 85 percent, and the Romanian Government with 15 percent. The construction works have to be finalized in 30 months.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:39 AM   #102
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CFR Awards EUR250M Border-Arad Line Upgrade Contract
10.11.2011

Romanian railway administrator CFR SA has awarded a contract worth almost EUR250 million, for the upgrade of a 41.2 km rail line from the Hungarian border to the city of Arad, to the consortium Astaldi – Swietelsky – Alstom – Euro Construct – Dafora.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:41 AM   #103
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Romanian Transport Ministry has contracted technicians from the Belgium Transport Ministry for the redesign and modernization of Bucharest's main train station on the model of Brussels' main station. Source
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Old December 11th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #104
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Romanian Ministry of Transport signs contracts of over EUR 200 Million
09/12/2011

Romanian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has signed contracts worth EUR 216 Million for the modernisation of the railway section Vinţu de Jos-Coşlariu, 5 tunnels and 5 stations. Thus, for the railway section Vinţu de Jos-Coşlariu, the contract is worth EUR 176.18 Million, the rehabilitation period being 2011-2014. The five tunnels to be rehabilitated are located in the area of activity of Braşov and Timişoara regional subsidiaries of CFR SA and the contract is estimated at EUR 4.9 Million. This project will be executed by the consortium Swietelsky-Sopmet-Dafora.

Other contracts signed by the Romanian Ministry of Transport include the modernisation of the railway stations: Brăila, worth EUR 7.6 Million, finalized in 1 year and 5 months by the consortium Arcada Company-Leonhard Weiss -Isaft Litoral; Piatra Neamţ rail station, worth EUR 4.7 Million, with an execution period of 1 year and 5 months by the consortium Wiebe România-Radaria-Confer Group; Sf. Gheorghe rail station, contract estimated at EUR 5.97 Million, finalized in 1 year and 5 month by the consortium Wiebe România-Radaria-Confer Group; Vaslui railway station, with modernisation works estimated at EUR 5 Million, finalized in 1 year and 5 months by the consortium Arcada Company-Leonhard Weiss -Isaft Litoral and Piteşti railway station, with the modernisation works worth EUR 11.3 Million and finalizes in 2 years and 2 months by the consortium Unicon-Leonhard Weiss. “We will not make exception with the expectations we have from the constructors. I hope there will be no problems with the railway projects”, declared the Romanian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Anca Boagiu.
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Old January 29th, 2012, 09:33 AM   #105
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Winter Trains in Harsh Conditions @ București Nord Rail Station [January, 2012]



The railway section has been recently open as upgraded for "high-speed": 160 km/h in the mountains.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #106
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Old February 18th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #107
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EC to approve EUR 900 mln Romanian railway upgrade program


Alexandru Nazare, minister of Transportation, said, today, the European Commission (EC) has approved two major railway infrastructure projects worth EUR 900 million The announcement comes after the Romanian minister met with commissioner on regional policy Johannes Hahn.

The European funds will be used to upgrade 110 km of railway in Western Romania. Once these projects have been approved, reimbursements could already be made for approved contracts. Financing will also be ensured for projects that are in tendering stage.

Nazare told the EU commissioner that Romania's economy has been hit by hard by massive snow fall in recent week, and authorities should be allowed to purchase snow removal equipment from the EU funds allocated for transportation infrastructure.

Last year, reimbursements from Brussels for transportation infrastructure projects increased ten times compared to 2010.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #108
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Romanian Industrialist Will Deliver Railroad Cars To Brazil In EUR100M Contract
today, 00:00 By Tiron Mirabela

Valer Blidar, one of the leading Romanian industrialists, who controls railway car producer Astra Vagoane Calatori and founder of Banca Comerciala Feroviara, has won a EUR100 million contract at an auction organized in Brazil by Vale, one of the world’s largest companies, to deliver almost 100 railway cars.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:17 AM   #109
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CFR Awards EUR250M Border-Arad Line Upgrade Contract
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Romanian railway administrator CFR SA has awarded a contract worth almost EUR250 million, for the upgrade of a 41.2 km rail line from the Hungarian border to the city of Arad, to the consortium Astaldi – Swietelsky – Alstom – Euro Construct – Dafora.Source




Works on Curtici-Arad electrified 160 km/h double-line line has started.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:44 AM   #110
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Something special - Arad Train Station modernisation project:

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2 poze luate din acest articol referitor la modernizarea CF Arad-Curtici (pozele sunt cu statia Arad dupa modernizare):








It's currently U/C, part of this:

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CFR Awards EUR250M Border-Arad Line Upgrade Contract
10.11.2011

Romanian railway administrator CFR SA has awarded a contract worth almost EUR250 million, for the upgrade of a 41.2 km rail line from the Hungarian border to the city of Arad, to the consortium Astaldi – Swietelsky – Alstom – Euro Construct – Dafora.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #111
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Romania gets green light from EC for EUR 940 mln railway track modernization

March 19, 2012 2:08 pm

Romania has received the green light from the European Commission for two railway projects worth EUR 944 million, most of which will be funded with EU money.

Funding will be available for revamping the railway connecting Romania’s Eastern Border to Curtici and further on to Arad, as well as for the Simeria-Coșlariu connection. Train speed will double on these tracks and railway traffic will be revived, according to Alexandru Nazare, Romania’s Transport Minister.

Of this amount, EUR 771 million will come from the Cohesion Fund.

Romania hopes to receive the OK for the EUR 900 million financing needed to repair the segment Coșlariu-Sighișoara, which would bring the value of ongoing railway work to some EUR 2 billion at the end of 2012.

The first railway segment, some 41.1 km of double railway will be repaired, to allow speeds of up to 160 km/hour. Railway stations in this section will also be renovated and refurbished.

Alstom Transport S.A., Swietelsky Baugesellsachaft m.b. H, Astaldi S.p.A, Euro Construct Trading ΄98 SRL and Dafora S.A. will work on this project, with a EUR 300 million value for the contract, over 27 months. Work started on March 15.

The Simeria-Coșlariu segment, some 74.4 km of railway track, will also be revamped. Ten railway stations will also be repaired, along with 33 bridges, six cuttings and a tunnel, all part of a EUR 184 million contract, over 30 months. The winning company for this public bid was Impressa Pizzarotti.

At the end of modernization work, the times on these routes will be shorter by 10 minutes for local trains, by 18 minutes for long distance trains and almost halved for freight trains.
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Indeed. Good to see that EE countries are investing big money in railways

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Alstom signs EUR 69 mln electrical systems contract with Romania’s railways company CFR
April 5, 2012 10:09 am

French group Alstom recently signed a EUR 69 million contract for supplying electrical and signaling systems for Romania’s railways company CFR SA, on the track connecting the Western border to Curtici and Arad. Alstom Transport Romania will be part of a consortium which will modernize the track, together with companies Swietelsky Bau Gesell Sachaft, Astaldi, Euro Construct Trading and Dafora. The total value of the contracts with these suppliers is of EUR 248 million excluding VAT. CFR announced the contract with the consortium earlier in February this year.

They should carry on work for the next one year and three months, adding a two-year guarantee period. CFR will use financing from the EU to cover 85 percent of the sum, the rest coming from the state budget and the Romanian Government.

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Gara de Nord to be connected to other train stations in Bucharest by a tunnel
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Gara de Nord will be connected to Gara Obor and Gara de Sud train stations by a tunnel, which will be dug based on a collaboration memorandum between the ministries of transports of Romania and Belgium.

The government passed the memorandum on Wednesday. The document, signed September 22 last year, provides for cooperation on infrastructure works for the modernization, restoration and expansion of Bucharest transport infrastructure.

Works will also be conducted at Gara de Nord in order to make the train station a direct connection rather than an end station, according to a government press release.

The ministries of transport of Romania and Belgium will contribute directly with technical, executive and administrative support for the implementation of the project.
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Romanian railways company GFR competes with Russian Railways for control in the Greek railways company:


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Exclusive - European railway companies eye Greek network sale

(Reuters) - Three European railway companies are interested in buying all or part of Greece's railway business, as the debt-laden country sells assets to satisfy its lenders, people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

Russia is considering buying the entire Greek railway network and its operator Trainose, while Romania's largest private railway company, Grup Feroviar Roman (GFR), has expressed interest in the cargo business, two high-level Greek officials said.

A Russian Railways official said it had discussed buying all or part of the network, while its head Vladimir Yakunin told Reuters, "We're keeping in contact with the Greeks ... They haven't decided on the model yet, so it's too early to talk about our participation."

French railway company SNCF wants passenger and freight routes and has gone through a due diligence process, said one of the Greek officials, who attended associated meetings. Talks were held in Athens and Paris in 2010 and late 2011, when they reached the level of the transport ministry.

An SNCF spokesman in Paris said the French rail operator "is not in the running for the purchase of Trainose, nor is it in the running for the purchase of a railway company or a railway line in Greece".

No one was immediately available for comment at GFR, which owns freight operations in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Serbia, among other countries.

One of the Greek officials said he had met several times with a delegation from GFR, most recently in February.

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Old May 1st, 2012, 06:30 AM   #118
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CFR signed contracts worth EUR 183.5 M, from EU funds
BUSINESS | NINEOCLOCK | APRIL 26TH, 2012 AT 9:00 PM

CFR signed Thursday nine railroad modernisation contracts, worth approximately EUR 183.5 M in total, from European non-reimbursable funds. The total value of contracts signed by CFR within the Sectoral Operational Programme – Transport 2007-2013 amounts to approximately EUR 930 M, the Transport Ministry announces in a press release. The biggest contract, worth EUR 172 M (VAT exclusive) refers to the construction and equipping of the 36.6 km segment between the Micasasa and Coslariu stations, part of the Brasov – Simeria railroad situated along Pan-European Corridor IV.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 11:13 AM   #119
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Nice, Romania is at present the country in Southeast Europe working most vigorously to upgrade its network. however, the tunnel thing in Bucharest frightens me. Granted, it would be an improvement. But judging from other cities where similar projects are done/planned/u.c. (Berlin, Istanbul, Stuttgart, Leipzig), these kind of projects swallow up billions, take over a decade to construct, and end up gobbling up funds which could be used to make faster and more widespread progress elsewhere. And what sense is there in a direct link from Gara de Nord to the south if the direct route to Giurgiu remains out of service as it has for many years now?
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The line Bucharest - Giurgiu is out of service due to a long debate regarding which is more efficient: complete de new, more expensive bridge over Arges (has to do with the Bucharest - Danube canal), bridge which is under construction since 1988 or put back in service the old bridge damaged by flood in 2005. That is also expensive, considering the old bridge is over 100 years old and the damage to it was extensive.

But one way or the other, the railway Bucharest - Giurgiu is part of the IXth railway corridor, so it has to be put back in service eventually. Definitely before the completion of the tunel in Bucharest.

Therefore, since Bucuresti Nord will/should be a tranzit station on the IXth corridor, the tunel makes a lot of sense. Plus, by upgrading and reviving the other stations in Bucharest, mainly Bucuresti Progresu (south) and Bucuresti Obor (east), the railway traffic can get spread and the use of railway can increase without clogging Bucuresti Nord station, as it was in the "good old days".

None the less, for a city like Bucharest, the Bucharest North station has too few tracks with platforms: only 14. An there is no room to widen the station sideways. So the only room left is underground, next to the subway lines.

So, for Bucharest, this investment is very important in order to get the people back to the trains and out of their private cars, with all the benefits that come out of this.
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