Austria’s Porr Construct is the sole bidder that submitted an offer for doubling the 8-km railway connection between Mogosoaia and Balotesti by December 3, the deadline set when the auction was launched on October 25, according to Romania Insider.
The railway infrastructure company CFR will evaluate the sole offer by April 4, local Economica.net reported. Initially it set a starting price of RON 51 million (EUR 11 million) plus VAT for the project.
The project is part of the broader development of the railway network in north Bucharest, aimed at securing better connectivity between the city and the Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni. The goal has to be achieved by 2020, when Romania hosts four games of the UEFA championship.
CFR launched at the end of November the auction for a much larger project in the same region, aimed at linking Bucharest airport and the central train station. The company launched an auction to select the contractor for the design and construction of a railway section that would link Bucharest airport and the existing railway system with the aim of eventually having a direct link between the airport and the central train station (Gara de Nord). The request was published in the electronic auctioning system SEAP and is estimated at a value of nearly RON 500 million (EUR 115 million).
Meanwhile, a new direct train linking the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca to the Austrian capital Vienna made its first trip on Sunday, December 9. Called Transilvania, the train will travel daily on this route, with stops in Oradea and Budapest, according to local Adevarul.
The train departs from Cluj-Napoca at 07:35 and arrives in Vienna after about 10 hours, at 17:21. It stops in Oradea at 10:21 and then in Budapest at 14:40.
From Vienna, the Transilvania train departs at 10:42 and arrives in Cluj at 22:25. A one-way ticket costs EUR 30.