ROMANIA: The latest section of the Iași tram network to be modernised reopened on September 1. Trams on the 10 km east-west route between Pasaj Nicolina and Tătărași Sud can now run at up to 35 km/h, up from 25 km/h previously. The upgrade work cost €10m.
On October 1 the 8·2 km Podul Roș – Combinatul de Utilaj Greu route is due to reopen following a €20m modernisation. The line has been closed since 1997. South Axa has installed new electrification masts, catenary and tracks, and road infrastructure has also been modernised.
Both projects received EU co-financing. The city is now seeking funds to modernise a further 18·7 km of the metre gauge network.