The works on the Drumul Taberei – Eroilor section of Bucharest subway’s Mainline 5 (M5) are on schedule. The constructors have the financial funds needed for working underground. On the aforementioned section construction works on the resistance structure have reached a completion level of 70 per cent.
The most important event took place on Thursday, when the two giant tunnel boring machines, nicknamed Varvara and Filofteia, came at the surface in the Raul Doamnei subway station from where they will be taken and transported back to the Military Academy in order to dig the tunnel from there to Operei Square, Metrorex Director Aurel Radu stated for economica.net.
“We are on schedule with the works, the entire resistance structure will be finalized by September 1 this year, and we are also starting the finishing works, in order for the entire subway to be ready by the end of 2016, or the first quarter of 2017 at the latest,” Radu stated.
Works on this project started in 2011. They were stopped in the first part of 2013 because of the lack of funds. The government subsequently earmarked the sums needed and the project was introduced on the POS-T, thus benefitting from non-reimbursable European funds. Later on, other delays appeared because of financial disagreements with Italy’s Astaldi, the project leader.
This first section of M5 is built by a consortium formed by Astaldi, FCC Construccion, AB Construction and Delta ACM Antrepriza. The section will have ten stations and will mainly cover an area that has over 300,000 people, an area located in Bucharest’s District 5 and 6. The project is estimated to cost EUR 1.2 bln. 85 per cent of the costs are covered from non-reimbursable EU funds.