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April 20, 2021

Not a single km of railway overhauled in 2008-2009

In 2008-2009, CFR SA have not overhauled a single kilometre of railroad, although nearly 5,500 km would have needed repairing because, according to the authorities, the budget appropriation and the company’s own revenue have been insufficient for investment. ‘Currently we have 5,493 Km of current and direct lines for which the overhaul is overdue. Before 2007, less than 40 per cent of the railway needing repairs used to be overhauled every year, depending on the budget allocation, but in the last two years not a single kilometre of railway has been repaired’, reads a paper of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure obtained by the Mediafax news agency. The railway infrastructure is being managed and maintained by CFR SA, company that reported to the Ministry of Transport. The own revenue of CFR SA consist of the infrastructure use toll charged to freight and passenger railway carriers. According to the document, this year, the state budget funding of capital repairs have been 1.75 per cent of what would have been required, compared to 12.76 per cent in 2000 through 2008. The under-financing of the rail infrastructure translates into numerous speed limitations enforced as traffic safety measures, as well as to a smaller number of lines supporting the maximum intended speed. The Romanian railway network currently has 3,837 bridges and smaller bridges whose service life has expired, 642 that need urgent replacement and 121,292 in need of capital repair.

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