Bucuresti metro M6 to Otopeni

ROMANIA: București metro operator Metrorex has selected a consortium of Turkish contractor Gülermak and its local partner Somet to design and build the second section of metro Line M6 to Henri Coandă International Airport at Otopeni.

Line M6 will share tracks with the existing M4 from Gara de Nord in the city centre to 1 Mai, where it will branch off to run over 14·2 km of new alignment with 12 stations to reach the airport.

A €242m contract for construction of the section between 1 Mai and Tokyo was signed with Alsim Alarko last year. The four-year contract with Gülermak and Somet covers the 7·6 km from Tokyo to the airport including six stations, and is valued at 1·3bn lei.

Civil works on both stages of the project are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of this year. Separate tenders are to be called for the supply of trackwork, railway systems and rolling stock.

The project is being financed from national sources and a loan from the Japan International Co-operation Agency.