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April 22, 2021

PM Orban: Gara de Nord-Otopeni Airport railway line is a reality, will be made available to beneficiaries at the shortest time possible

President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and Minister of Transport Lucian Bode on Monday made a test trip by train on the railway connection Gara de Nord – Henri Coanda Airport.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that the Gara de Nord – Henri Coanda railway line would be made available to beneficiaries at the shortest time possible.

He brought to mind that the idea of the Gara de Nord – Henri Coanda railway sector had come up during his tenure as Transport Minister. Furthermore, Orban pointed out that when the Liberal Government took over governance, the progress on the line was “a little over 11 percent.”

“The technical trials are necessary for commissioning it, same as other procedural stages – the selection of the rail transport operator, however this line is a reality and it will be made available to beneficiaries at the shortest time possible,” said Orban.

He maintained that, unfortunately, the railway had been the “Cinderella” of transport modes over the past 20 years, eluded by serious investments and treated as second rank transportation.

“At EU level, rail transport is regarded as a priority transport, because it is a safe, fast and especially environmentally friendly transport. As far as we are concerned, we will implement the EU development strategy in Romania and we will put the development of railway transport infrastructure among the priorities for the development of the transport infrastructure,” said Orban.

President Iohannis: Gara de Nord-Otopeni Airport railway connection, paramount

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday said that the railway link from the Gara de Nord Station to Henri Coanda Airport is “absolutely essential” and pointed out that Romania has an “enormous” chance that in the coming years it will use European money for transport infrastructure.

“Here is that the economic recovery plan that we have drawn up together with the Orban Government is beginning to show its practical side and to highlight the importance of the railway infrastructure I participated today in a test on the only new railway line built – attention – not since ’89, since ’84 – as the minister told us. We want to develop the international airport, to give it scale, but for that you need to be able to get to the airport in very good conditions, in predictable conditions and for that the link from the Gara de Nord Station to the airport is absolutely essential. It is obvious that in this way and at this rate we will manage to modernize the infrastructure in Romania,” said the president.

He said that for sustainable economic development, transport infrastructure is needed.

“It is not by chance that I was present at the subway in the last few days, at the motorway, and now I’m testing this new railroad. The development of transport infrastructure is the foundation on which the economic recovery plan is built. Romania needs a sustainable, strong economic development and for that it needs transport infrastructure, and in order to be able to achieve this transport infrastructure we have an enormous chance now, in the years to come, when we can use European money that is available to us. We must admit that European money we have had so far, only political will so far has been little. If we just think that 11 percent of this line was accomplished from 2016 to 2019 and in less than a year since the Liberal Government came in office, virtually all the rest has been achieved, the line is as complete, we can figure out what the political will is and the political power,” Iohannis said.

The president congratulated the members of the Government, builders, consultants and all those who participated and facilitated the development of the railway line Gara de Nord – Henri Coanda Airport.

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