Improving the rail network in Romania 11 Dec 2013
Strabag News release
- Strabag is awarded tunnel construction and heavy civil engineering as part of a joint venture contract to upgrade 42km of railway between Vintu de Jos and Simeria in western Romania near the city of Siblu.
Strabag to improve 42km stretch of Romanian railway
- Total value of the works awarded by Romanian state railway company CFR is €317 million (US$520 million), of which the Austrian-based contractor's share is €66 million. The other joint venture partners are Alstrom, Arcada, Euroconstruct, Switelsky and Transferoviar.
- Paula Rys for Strabag told TunnelTalk: "General construction work is expected to begin in Spring 2014 and last for a period of 30 months. The works include excavation of a tunnel with a length of 900m which will be built using the Italian construction method."
- The project comprises modernisation works to 42km of track which will enable an increase in train operating speeds from the current 120km/h maximum to 160km/h. Additionally five stations are to be constructed, the alignment partially rerouted to include a tunnel, and in total more than 100km of track will be laid.
- "The current line, although dual-track and electrified, is in a poor state," said Strabag CEO Thomas Birtel.
Strabag maintains its underground edge - TunnelTalk, May 2012
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