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Safe and upgraded metro in Yerevan

18 December 2012
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Improving the safety and energy efficiency of Yerevan’s metro has been the aim of a large-scale EU investment project which started in 2010, and whose results are already visible for every-day users. Thanks to joint financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Union’s (EU) Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF), the “Yerevan Metro Reconstruction” was launched with a budget of €15 million.
‘I can say that more that 80% of the work has been completed for the first part of the project. It is planned to be complete by next September,’ said Paylak Yayloyan, the Director of the Yerevan Metro Company. He added that, with the help of the funding, 10 old wagons had been replaced with new, renovated ones. According to Yayloyan, this project was one of the most successful projects in the region.
The metro system upgrade pays special attention to dealing with metro tunnel flooding, as well as to improving passenger safety. The project’s funding will finance the refurbishment of drilling stock, the rehabilitation of worn-out track and power supply components, the purchase of a maintenance trolley, and the replacement of a water pumping station.

Invitees to a project event showcasing results included Traian Hristea, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Valeriu Razlog, EBRD Head of Office, Jean-Christoph Gayrand, the Head of the Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Valery Harutyunyan, Yerevan Metro Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as Armenian press representatives. Invitees took a tour of both old and new metro cars.

To continue improvements, a second part of the project has been launched in August 2012 with an additional budget of €15 million.

Hristea told journalists that the European Union plans to give another €5 million euro investment grant for the second phase of the project: ‘Our aim is to restore metro entirely, and also to restore reliable operations. We focused on the most necessary improvements, the results of which are already visible.’

Razlog stressed the important role of urban transport: ‘We genuinely believe that this is the future of transportation in Yerevan. The projects we have financed so far have been primarily focused on safety, and also on the efficiency of the metro. Yerevan Metro Company made savings which helped to renovate some of the wagons’.

The underground transport system was built in 1981 and is operated by the state-owned Yerevan Metro Company. Since then Yerevan Metro has grown from a four-station system of 7.6 km to 10 stations over 11km. It is currently one of the main means of public transport in Yerevan.

Safe and upgraded metro in Yerevan

Improving the safety and energy efficiency of Yerevan's metro has been the aim of a large-scale EU investment project which started in 2010, and whose results are already visible for every-day users. Thanks to joint financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Union’s (EU) Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF), the “Yerevan Metro Reconstruction” was launched with a budget of €15 million. ‘I can say that more that 80% of the work has been completed for the first part of the project. It is planned to be complete by next September,’ said Paylak Yayloyan, the Director of the Yerevan Metro Company. He added that, with the help of the funding, 10 old wagons had been replaced with new, renovated ones. According to Yayloyan, this project was one of the most successful projects in the region. The metro system upgrade pays special attention to dealing with metro tunnel flooding, as well as to improving passenger safety. The project’s funding will finance the refurbishment of drilling stock, the rehabilitation of worn-out track and power supply components, the purchase of a maintenance trolley, and the replacement of a water pumping station. Invitees to a project event showcasing results included Traian Hristea, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Valeriu Razlog, EBRD Head of Office, Jean-Christoph Gayrand, the Head of the Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Valery Harutyunyan, Yerevan Metro Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as Armenian press representatives. Invitees took a tour of both old and new metro cars. To continue improvements, a second part of the project has been launched in August 2012 with an additional budget of €15 million. Hristea told journalists that the European Union plans to give another €5 million euro investment grant for the second phase of the project: ‘Our aim is to restore metro entirely, and also to restore reliable operations. We focused on the most necessary improvements, the results of which are already visible.’ Razlog stressed the important role of urban transport: ‘We genuinely believe that this is the future of transportation in Yerevan. The projects we have financed so far have been primarily focused on safety, and also on the efficiency of the metro. Yerevan Metro Company made savings which helped to renovate some of the wagons’. The underground transport system was built in 1981 and is operated by the state-owned Yerevan Metro Company. Since then Yerevan Metro has grown from a four-station system of 7.6 km to 10 stations over 11km. It is currently one of the main means of public transport in Yerevan. [gallery link="file"]