Romanian Railways' Chiper: We should rehabilitate the rails, make capital repairs

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CFR SA - the Romanian Railways - has stabilized from the financial point of view in the last years and started to make profit, which is to be found in the improvement projects of the railway infrastructure the company's managing director, Marius Chiper told AGERPRES, in an interview.

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Yet, added Chiper, profit is not an end in itself, but the investments for the rails' rehabilitation, for the completion of the capital repairs to the objectives, to the installations, to the large and smaller bridges, etc .

According to the managing director Chiper, the CFR SA has used rd 78pct from the funds of the Sectoral Operational Programme Transport 2007 — 2013, while on the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme the contracting reached 192pct.

From the arrearage point of view, Chiper says that the target of 270 million lei in 2015 was pretty much covered.

The most important projects to be completed with European funds are the Corridor IV works, its northern wing, from Curtici through Brasov to Constanta. This means the trains will speed up to 160 km/h.

Then, there is the project regarding the Radna — Gurasada — Simeria line, counting for rd 1.4 billion euro.

Alongside these major projects, there are some smaller ones, yet important to us, such as the Cluj — Oradea — Episcopia Bihorului line, of regional significance. We'll revamp the railways and electrify it, which is very important because in the end we'll make it to have the second electrified connection to Hungary, a great win to us from the traffic's viewpoint.

Other projects are focused on continuing the rehabilitation of the rail stations. We have finalised 35 of the 41 rail stations in the county seats and we wish to close this programme. Only seven are left to be upgraded: Timisoara, Baia Mare, Satu Mare, Miercurea Ciuc, Targoviste, Targu Jiu and Alexandria. Bucharest is not part of this sector. For Bucharest, we need another approach.

We also have in view a rehabilitation programme of some railway segments' blinkering and some small stations' centralization, adds Chiper.

As for the Gara de Nord of Bucharest, Chiper says it is a costly project, and unfortunately the CFR SA has not found so far a financing source.AGERPRES(RO — author: Oana Tilica, editor: Nicoleta Gherasi; EN — author, editor: Maria Voican)

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