București’s city council has approved tramway rehabilitation projects proposed by the Romanian capital city’s mayor, Nicuşor Dan.
Under the works, line 40 – which carries more than 16 000 passengers/day – will be modernised in an 18-month project to solve issues with deteriorating tracks, particularly switches and crossings. As well as permitting a 19% increase in passenger flow and a 63% reduction in travel time, this will prepare the route to receive new trams currently on order from domestic manufacturer Astra Vagoane Călători.
Work is to take place on Bulevardul Theodor Pallady, Bulevardul 1 Decembrie 1918, Bulevardul Basarabia, Calea Călăraşi, Bulevardul Corneliu Coposu, inclusiv bucla Complex Titan, Bulevardul Camil Ressu, Calea Dudeşti, Bulevardul Octavian Goga, Strada Nerva Traian, Bulevardul Gheorghe Şincai and Calea Şerban Vodă. The value of the modernisation programme is estimated at RON918m (EUR186m).
A second project, worth RON94m (EUR19m), will carry out a similar 18-month rehabilitation of (primarily) line 55. In this case, work will take place on Pache Protopopescu Boulevard and Traian Street, including the complex intersection Bulevardul Pache Protopopescu – Strada Traian. Line 55 is also to receive ten new tramsonce the upgradeworks are completed.
Separately, a scheme is underway to modernise a 1.1km (0.7-mile) section of double track on Bulevardul General Vasile Milea.
EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean visited București in April, during which time Mayor Dan announced plans to expand the capital’s tramway by 30km (19 miles). Romania’s largest tramway originally dates from 1872. A separate metro opened in 1979 and is operated by Metrorex.