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Report: Only 40% of Romania’s railway is connected to the power grid

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Only 40% of Romania’s railway is connected to the power grid, impacting the optimal operation of the train transport system and preventing an increase in the number of passengers, according to an analysis of the National Railway Supervision Council (CNSDF) within the Competition Council, quoted by News.ro.

“Although a slight increase in the number of train passengers was registered in recent years, the precarious state of the infrastructure and rolling stock, which determines speed restrictions, as well as the fact that only approximately 40% of the railway is connected to the power grid, do not allow for an optimal railway operation, which would generate an evident increase in the demand for these services, or at least maintain them at constant levels,” the Competition Council said in a press release.

The same analysis found that competition in the passenger rail transport is still low in the country. Some 20% of the national railway transport market for passengers is privately-owned, placing the country on par with European levels. The competition is visible only on several routes, such as the Bucharest – Constanta, Bucharest – Brasov, and Brasov – Craiova ones. These are high-traffic routes, shared by both private and the state-owned operators, but the rest of the routes are dominated by the state-owned CFR Calatori.

The analysis highlights the main characteristics of local railway transport and puts forth several recommendations. As such, the analysis recommends that all operators have their own offices in order to facilitate passenger access to the needed travel-related information. When this is not possible, the recommendation is that information is given at a shared office. Another recommendation is that travel information from all railway operators is compiled in a unique document that can be accessed in an electronic format as well.

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