Alstom and Arcada to modernize the Romanian railway

Marketa Horpeniakova, Published on 02/01/2023
Alstom and Arcada to modernize the Romanian railway
@alstom.com

Two contracts cover the electrification and modernization of the 66 km railway line between Cluj Napoca and Poieni. Thanks to modernization, the speed will be increased to 120 km/h for freight transport and 160 km/h for passenger trains.


Alstom has been awarded two new signaling and electrification contracts in Romania as part of the modernization works on the first two sub-sections of the Cluj-Napoca-Oradea line. 

Alstom will supply digital train control, traffic management solutions, and electrification infrastructure in two lots covering 66 km of the double railway line. All the civil works will be carried out by the Romanian company Arcada. Once the work is completed, the digital control center installed in Cluj will manage the traffic on the entire railway line totaling 166 km.

“These new contracts consolidate Alstom's leading position on the Romanian railway market, for both digital train control and electrification. In recent years, Bucharest has become a strategic centre for Alstom’s signaling expertise employing over 200 highly qualified engineers, whose expertise serves local projects, and international ones,” commented Gabriel Stanciu, Alstom Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria, and the Republic of Moldova.

During the construction works, Alstom will directly oversee the ERTMS Level 2 deployment, the implementation of the traffic control solution, the digital interlocking, and the passenger information system, as well as the electrification works, including power supply and overhead contact lines. For the electrification works, Alstom will supply two Traction Power Substations and its OCS3 catenary solution for the main lines, using its capabilities at its manufacturing plant in Lecco, Italy.

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