THE Cluj-Napoca City Hall has awarded a consortium of Gulermak, Alstom and Arcada a €1.8bn turnkey contract for the construction of Cluj-Napoca Metro Line 1, in the Transylvania region of Romania.

The full 21km line will have 19 underground stations and will be Romania’s first fully automated metro line. The 9km phase 1 will have nine stations and an above ground depot, and will be financed through Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). The project is expected to take four years to complete.

Gulermak and Arcada will be responsible for the civil works of the underground line.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth €400m. The manufacturer will be responsible for the system integration, CBTC signalling and telecommunication, power supply and track work, platform doors, security and control centre, as well as implementing proven cybersecurity throughout the system. The Urbalis CBTC system will support train operation at 90 second headways. 

The first three stations will serve the new residential area in Florești, while two stations will serve a future hospital and shopping centre. Three stations will serve the Mănăștur district, the densest housing area in the city, with the line then following the west-east main road through the city centre to Mărăști Square. From here, a branch will continue towards the industrial area around the Muncii Boulevard, providing a link to the mainline railway and the future metro service,  Another branch will serve the Gheorgheni and Sopor neighbourhoods, where the depot will be located.

The tender for the contract was released in March 2022. A contract to carry out a feasibility study for the line was awarded to a team led by SWS Engineering in October 2021. A financing agreement for the line was signed on December 29 2022 between the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Cluj-Napoca City Hall.

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