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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