European Commission Approves Sofia Metro Extension Investment Plan

The European Commission (EC) has approved an investment of €368m from the European Regional Development Fund to support construction of Metro line 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

European Commission Approves  Sofia Metro Extension Investment Plan
May 1, 2016 11:06 am

The investment will fund phase one of the line, which will link Valdimir Vazov Boulevard, Sofia City Centre, and Zhitnitsa Street. The phase includes construction of an 8km line and eight new stations, as well as 20 new trains.

Construction of the Metro line 3 will improve public transport access to the centre of Sofia.

EC Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Cretu said: “Environment-friendly public transport systems improve the attractiveness of a city for businesses and tourism, boost the competitiveness of the local economy and increase the quality of everyday life. This shows the tangible and positive impact of ESI Funds investments in Bulgaria.”

The project is designed to link the residential districts Suhata reka, Hadzhi Dimitar, Krasno selo, Slaviya, Belite brezi, Lagera, and Hipodruma with the centre of Sofia. It will also enable access to residential districts Lyulin, Mladost, Obelya, Nadezhda, Lozentets, and Druzhba, via lines 1 and 2.

In March, a consortium of Siemens and Polish train manufacturer Newag were awarded a €140m contract from Sofia’s metro operator Metropolitan EAD to supply trains and signalling for Metro line 3.

The consortium will be responsible for the delivery of 20 Inspiro metro trains and the Trainguard MT automatic train protection system, using wireless train control technology to achieve automatic operation. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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