Rail-2-Sea

Modernization and development of railway line Gdansk(PL) – Constanța (RO)

Report:
Year registered: 2018
Type:
Transport
Status:Substantial Progress
3SI countries proposing the project:

Romania

Participating 3SI countries:

Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia

Partner countries:

* not part of the 3Seas Initiative
Main objectives:
  • Construction of a railway line between port of Gdansk and port of Constanta crosses four countries: Republic of Poland, Slovak Republic, Hungary and Romania.
Short description:

On the Romanian territory the project aims at modernization and development of the railway lines and is having four branches:

The Northen Branch A

  • Episcopia Bihor - Cluj Napoca - Campia Turzii - Teius - Coslariu - Brasov - Predeal - Ploiesti - Bucharest - Fetesti - Constanta
    • The route crosses all types of geographical relief
    • Part of the route is electrified in a 25kw 50Hz AC system
    • The maximum speed varies between 50 to 160 km/h
    • Part of the section is a modernized railway.
    • The railway is part of the TEN-T network

Works for rehabilitation/modernization/electrification are neccessary for the following sections: Episcopia Bihor - Cluj Napoca - Campia Turzii - Teius - Coslariu and Brasov - Predeal..

The Northen Branch B

  • Arad - Simeria - Coslariu - Sighisoara - Brasov - Predeal - Ploiesti - Bucharest - Fetesti - Constanta
    • The route crosses all types of geographical relief
    • The entire route is electrified in a 25kw 50Hz AC system
    • The entire length is carried out on the double track railway electrified
    • The maximum speed varies between 50 to 160 km/h
    • 571 km represents modernized railway
    • The entire route is part of the TEN-T Core corridor

Works for rehabilitation/modernization/electrification are neccessary for the following section: Brasov - Predeal.

The Northern Branch C

  • Valea lui Mihai - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Dej - Beclean - Ilva Mica - Vatra Dornei - Campulung Moldovenesc - Gura Humorului - Suceava - Pascani - Bacau - Focsani - Buzau - Fetesti - Constanta
    • The route crosses all types of geographical relief
    • Part of the route is electrified in a 25kw 50Hz AC system
    • About 70% of the section is double track electrified railway and about 30% is single tracl non-electrified railway.
    • The maximum speed varies between 50 to 160 km/h
    • 79 km represents modernized railway
    • The entire route is part of the TEN-T Core corridor

Works for rehabilitation/modernization/electrification are neccessary for the following sections : Valea lui Mihai - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Dej - Beclean - Ilva Mica - Vatra Dornei - Campulung Moldovenesc - Gura Humorului - Suceava - Pascani - Bacau - Focsani - Buzau - Fetesti

The Southern Branch

  • Arad - Timisoara - Caransebes - Craiova - Bucharest - Fetesti - Constanta
    • The route crosses all types of geographical relief
    • The entire route is electrified in a 25kw 50Hz AC system
    • Most of the length is represented by the double track railway
    • The maximum speed varies between 50 to 160 km/h
    • 222 km represents the modernized railway
    • The entire route is part of the TEN-T Core corridor

Works for rehabilitation/modernization/electrification are neccessary for the following sections: Arad - Timisoara - Caransebes - Craiova - Bucharest

Calendar of implementation:
  • 2021 - 2023
    Planning

    Episcopia Bihor - Cluj Napoca

    • the feasibility study development is ongoing and should be ready in 2021

    Cluj Napoca - Coslariu

    • public tender procedure for feasibility study and technical design is ongoing and should be awarded in November 2021. Estimated time for signing the contract is 1st semester of 2022

    Brasov - Predeal

    • the feasibility study development is ongoing and should be ready in 2022

    Bucharest - Constanta

    • for the modernization of Port of Constanta railway the development of feasibility study is ongoing and should be ready in 2022
    • for the Bucharest railway complex, including railway ring of Bucharest the public tender procedure for feasibility study is under preparation and should be ready in 2023

    Arad - Timisoara

    • the feasibility study is finalized and currently the tender for technical design and works are on going and should be finalized in december 2021

    Timisoara - Caransebes

    • the feasibility study is finalized and currently the tender for technical design and works are on going and should be finalized in December 2021

    Caransebes - Craiova

    • the feasibility study development is ongoing and should be ready in 2021

    Craiova - Bucharest

    • public tender procedure for feasibility study and technical design is on going and should be finalized in 2022

    Buzau - Fetesti

    • the project was not promoted until the present.

    Valea lui Mihai - Oradea

    • the project was not promoted until the present.

    Cluj Napoca - Dej - Beclean - Ilva Mica - Vatra Dornei - Campulung Moldovenesc - Gura Humorului - Suceava

    • public tender procedure for feasibility study and technical design is under preparation and should be ready in 2023

    Suceava -Pascani - Bacau - Focsani - Buzau

    • the feasibility study development is ongoing and should be ready in 2022
  • 2021 - 2024
    Construction

    Sighisoara - Brasov

    • the execution of works for the sections between Sighisoara - Cata and Brasov - Apata are ongoing and should finalized in 2024
    • for the section Apata - Cata the procedure for signing the works contract is on going

    Curtici - Simeria

    • the execution of works is ongoing and should be finalized in 2023 (including ERTMS)

    Simeria - Sighisoara

    • the execution of ERTMS works is ongoing and should be finalized in 2021
  • 2016 - 2019
    Completed

    The following sections have been completed:

    • Western border - Curtici - Arad - km614 (near Radna)
    • Predeal - Bucharest
    • Bucharest - Constanta
    • Simeria - Sighisoara
Budget:

The total necessary investment is estimated to be 13,832.36 mil. euros without VAT out of which 5,873.13 mil. euros is secured.

The projects are funded from EU Cohesion Fund allocated through:

  • Large Infrastructure Operational Programme,
  • Connecting Europe Facility,
  • State budget of Romania.
13.83B42.46%
secured
Financing sources:
CEF
National funding
Other sources
Other EU funding

The projects are funded from EU Cohesion Fund allocated through Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, CEF-Transport Programme and from the state budget of Romania.

The funding of some segments in this route has a special commercial value, having a very high efficiency and thus fulfilling the conditions for financing on I3S. An example of this is Bucharest's belt, which, coupled with the digital infrastructure, can connect at least 20 points to Bucharest's entire public transport system, resulting in a fluidization of traffic, as well as in increasing the commercial speed, reduction of pollution, optimization of transport times and energy efficiency. The development of this system would reduce the transit times on the Constanţa - Curtici corridor by at least 2 hours, the digital infrastructure related to this investment would become the main voice and data traffic network, which is linked to an urban agglomeration of over 3.5 million inhabitants. This investment will include passages, tunnels, multimodal and intermodal stations, all of which are duplicated by digital infrastructure and, of course, with Smart City technologies for each and every one of the infrastructure.