+ Almost 10 km under construction, other subway lines in technical design stage + * Bucharest subway network closing in on 100 km of functional lines
In an interview for Agerpres, Marin Aldea, the interim CEO of Metrorex (the company that manages the Bucharest subway network), stated that the company he leads will carry out investments of RON 1.403 bln in 2016. The goals are ambitious and concern the expansion of the subway network.
Thus, works on the expansion of Main Line 5 (from Eroilor to Drumul Taberei, Raul Doamnei and the Valea Ialomitei Rail Yard) are currently ongoing. This project costs RON 3.1 bln. The extension has 10 subway stations and measures approximately 7 km. RON 780 M have been included for this project in this year’s budget. “We need almost two times that in order to attain our goal for this year, namely to go from a physical [completion] stage of 67 per cent to 90 per cent, in order to be able to open it to passenger traffic at the end of Q1 2017,” Marin Aldrea emphasised.
Another important project is the expansion of Main Line 4, from Gara de Nord to Lac Straulesti. The expansion includes two subway stations – Laminorului and Lac Straulesti. The project costs around EUR 250 M. RON 270 M have been included in this year’s budget. The funds are sufficient to complete the two stations. Another RON 60 M would be needed to complete the railway yard and the terminal. A park-and-ride is located there.
The company’s deputy CEO states that Metrorex is mulling the improvement and upgrading of subway stations. A project on upgrading and replacing all ventilation systems in six stations and inter-stations are ongoing and will be finalized this year. The project costs RON 36 M. Around RON 20 M have been included for it in this year’s budget.
Another project concerns the upgrading of the access control system in 41 stations, as well as the preliminary technical design of the Eroilor – Iancului section.
In what concerns Main Line 6, which links 1 Mai to Otopeni locality, the company is currently engaged in identifying sources of financing. The project has been included in the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – a medium and long-term strategy on the development of the transport system in Bucharest and Ilfov County.
“Likewise, we have a project for the procurement of rolling stock. There is a contract in force and we are buying another eight new subway trains that we will commission by the end of June on Main Line 2, so that a single type of subway train would be in operation on Main Line 2, from Berceni to Pipera. The trains we procure and commission will replace a similar number of trains from the old fleet,” Aldea pointed out.