ROMANIAN Railways (CFR) has awarded a consortium of Webuild and Salcef a €441m contract to upgrade the 55km Ronat - Arad Nou route in western Romania.

The contract includes modernisation and track-doubling, along with the construction of a 635m bridge with a 180m central span over the Mures River, as well as a series of 11 other bridges, four highway overpasses and six stations.

The contract covers Lot 4 of the Caransebes - Timişoara - Arad upgrade project, part of a wider programme covering the Rhine - Danube Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

Earlier this month CFR awarded the consortium, in which Webuild holds a 72.2% stake, the €291m Lot 3 contract for work between East Timişoara and Ronat.

Financed by the Operational Programme for Large Infrastructure (POIM) for Romania, the entire project will help increase line speed and capacity along the Caransebes - Timişoara - Arad route between Bucharest and Timişoara. Once completed, passenger services will operate at 160km/h while freight services will operate at 120km/h.