ROMANIAN Railways (CFR) has launched a Lei 1.3bn ($US 298.1m) tender for modernisation of the 37.2km section of railway between Poarta and Caransebeş to allow speeds of up to 160km/h.

The contract will have a duration of six years, with one year being allocated to the design stage and five years for the execution of construction works.

The section forms part of a larger project for upgrading the 225.3km Craiova - Drobeta Turnu Severin - Caransebeş line stretching from southern to western Romania. Finance for the project will come from non-refundable European funds, CFR says, as the line forms part of the TEN-T Orient/East Mediterranean Corridor.

Bids must be submitted by June 26 2023.

In November last year CFR announced that it had awarded contracts for modernising another line running from Caransebeş, the Caransebeş - Timişoara - Arad upgrade project, which forms part of a wider programme covering the Rhine - Danube Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Lots 1, 3 and 4 were awarded to a consortium of Webuild and Salcef, while Lot 2 went to FCC Construcción.

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