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Andrei Chirileasa
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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Ford Romania CEO: I can ride my bike faster than the trains that carry our cars

Freight trains that carry cars from the Ford plant in Craiova, southern Romania, to Western Europe frequently need about 26 hours to travel the 400 kilometers to Romania’s western border with Hungary. Then, they spend another nine hours on border control because Romania is not part of Schengen. This generates high costs for the carmaker.

"The average speed (of trains – e.n.) is 15-20 kilometers per hour, which is slower than I can go by bike. And I’m no Olympic athlete, I don’t pedal very fast, but I can overtake this train. Certainly, this is a problem for us," Ford Romania president Josephine Payne told local TV station PRO TV.

The poor rail infrastructure in Romania prevents the Ford cars produced in Romania from reaching their clients in Western Europe on time. Ford says it loses tens of millions of euros each year because of transport times. The company would prefer to invest the money in its factory instead. Ford sends over 100,000 cars from Romania to Western Europe by train each year. The Ford trains are over 700 meters long and transport over 700 cars each.

You may also want to read: Ford will invest USD 300 mln to produce all-electric commercial vehicle at its plant in Romania

The average speed of freight trains in Romania is under 20 kilometers per hour due to the many restrictions. Even on the segments that have been rehabilitated with EU funds, such as Arad-Curtici, the maximum speed is 80 kilometers per hour, Hotnews.ro reports.

"We operate trains throughout Europe. The European average speed for freight trains is 50 kilometers per hour. In Romania, the average speed is currently 17 kilometers per hour, the lowest in Europe," Eduard Iancu, manager Deutsche Bahn Cargo Romania, told PRO TV.

The low railway travel speed in Romania is due to the poor state of the rail infrastructure and the many delays in refurbishing it.

editor@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Ford)

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Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Ford Romania CEO: I can ride my bike faster than the trains that carry our cars

Freight trains that carry cars from the Ford plant in Craiova, southern Romania, to Western Europe frequently need about 26 hours to travel the 400 kilometers to Romania’s western border with Hungary. Then, they spend another nine hours on border control because Romania is not part of Schengen. This generates high costs for the carmaker.

"The average speed (of trains – e.n.) is 15-20 kilometers per hour, which is slower than I can go by bike. And I’m no Olympic athlete, I don’t pedal very fast, but I can overtake this train. Certainly, this is a problem for us," Ford Romania president Josephine Payne told local TV station PRO TV.

The poor rail infrastructure in Romania prevents the Ford cars produced in Romania from reaching their clients in Western Europe on time. Ford says it loses tens of millions of euros each year because of transport times. The company would prefer to invest the money in its factory instead. Ford sends over 100,000 cars from Romania to Western Europe by train each year. The Ford trains are over 700 meters long and transport over 700 cars each.

You may also want to read: Ford will invest USD 300 mln to produce all-electric commercial vehicle at its plant in Romania

The average speed of freight trains in Romania is under 20 kilometers per hour due to the many restrictions. Even on the segments that have been rehabilitated with EU funds, such as Arad-Curtici, the maximum speed is 80 kilometers per hour, Hotnews.ro reports.

"We operate trains throughout Europe. The European average speed for freight trains is 50 kilometers per hour. In Romania, the average speed is currently 17 kilometers per hour, the lowest in Europe," Eduard Iancu, manager Deutsche Bahn Cargo Romania, told PRO TV.

The low railway travel speed in Romania is due to the poor state of the rail infrastructure and the many delays in refurbishing it.

editor@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Ford)

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