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EBRD, EU & EIB Modernise Rail Transport in Moldova

Infra News - Published on Wed, 16 Sep 2020

Image Source: EBRD EU EIB Rail Transport Moldova
In Moldova, trains provide a fitting backdrop while they transport goods along river banks, vineyards and medieval towns in and out of the country. They are designed in a combination of yellow, red and blue, the colours of the national flag. Grain, metal, cement, cardboard and many other products for export make their way to trading partners, mainly European these days, while other trains bring back scrap metal, oil products, paper, salt, flour and many food items. As a land-locked country, freight transport plays a vital role in people’s daily lives, and many businesses and large parts of the economy depend on efficient rail infrastructure and services. That is why the EBRD, European Union and European Investment Bank (have helped Moldovan Railways to invest in 12 new locomotives.

The new locomotives will ensure better and safer transport. They can carry much larger loads than before – up to 4,800 tonnes more. They also use less energy, cutting related costs by about 25 per cent and CO2 emissions by 40 per cent. While the old locomotives required maintenance every 48 hours, the new locomotives only need checking every three months, he adds.

The new locomotives are part of a wider initiative to modernise the railways, which includes a more efficient and commercial way of separating passenger and freight operations, improving procurement procedures and introducing a new energy management system. This was funded by the Central European Initiative and Czech Republic.

Given the annual volume of goods transported by rail, a modernised freight railway will benefit customers in terms of delivery time, reliability and, most importantly, cost, she points out.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the new fleet arrived on time at Chisinau’s railway station in mid-July, ready to keep the wheels of Moldova’s trade turning.

The arrival of the locomotives signals the start of a more comprehensive modernisation of the railways, supported by the EBRD and its partners. This includes, for example, the 233 km section from Bender to Giurgiulesti.

Back at the capital’s railway station, the new trains got the green light to start their first journey, which will take them to neighbouring Ukraine. Crossing picturesque villages, vineyards and farmland, they will bring goods to foreign consumers and provide Moldova with a quicker, closer and more efficient connection to the world market.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 16 Sep 2020
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