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Romania is switching to green energy: when and where you will be able to run on hydrogen trains

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A pilot project for the acquisition of the first hydrogen-powered trains in Romania has been approved by the Technical and Economic Committee of the Ministry of Transport, Secretary of State Irinel Ionel Scrioșteanu announced.

According to him, there will be a 30-minute train between Gara de Nord and Otopeni Airport, and a timetable service between Bucharest-Pitești and Bucharest-Tergovișt.

“At the meeting of the Technical-Economic Committee of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure on April 29, we approved the investment indicators for the purchase of the first non-polluting hydrogen trains in Romania. The pilot project, implemented by the Railway Reform Authority, aims to purchase 12 160-seater locomotives, as well as long-term vehicle maintenance and repair services and hydrogen supply, ”the secretary of state explained.

The pilot project “on the use of locomotives in electric traction based on hydrogen fuel cells, under the public service obligation of rail passenger transport on non-electrified CF lines” will serve through high frequency services routes north of Bucharest and Ilfov County, in connection with the neighboring counties of Argeș, Dâmbovița and Giurgiu. Due to the reliability of the new vehicles, the trains will reach Olt and Dolj counties, the Transport official also said.

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On which routes will the new trains run

  • Trains 30 minutes from North Station and Otopeni Airport
  • Trains 30 minutes from Gara de Nord – Chitila – Săbăreni and Titu
  • One hour trains between Bucharest – Gaesti – Pitesti
  • One hour trains between Bucharest and Targoviste
  • There are 4 trains a day from Bucharest to Slatina – Craiova via Pitești

Trains will allow cycling and easy access for people with disabilities.

The total estimated costs of the project are 973 million euros, excluding VAT, the secretary of state said.

According to him, the financing of the investment project is made from non-reimbursable external funds, through the PNRR National Recovery and Resilience Program and from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

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Replacing diesel traction with electric traction based on hydrogen fuel cells reduces transport pollution by an equivalent of more than € 600,000 per year and, for example, 18,348 tonnes of CO2 / year and 306 tonnes of NOx / year, helping to achieve the targets set by European and national strategies to achieve the net zero effect of pollution in 2050, Scrioșteanu concluded.

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