Turkey is planning to launch a high-speed rail line linking the country’s western city of Edirne and Bulgaria’s capital Sofia over the next five years.
The rail line will offer a direct high-speed railway connection between central Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, as well as Bulgaria.
Transport ministers of the two countries recently held talks on the project, saying Turkey is ready to begin the project and is waiting for the Bulgarian side’s confirmation, reports sofiaecho.com.
China earlier invited Bulgaria to join a high-speed rail project between Beijing and Istanbul, which could be extended to Bulgaria.
In addition, Turkey is planning to start operations of a high-speed railway line linking the Turkish city of Edirne and Istanbul by the end of 2011, a 280km section of which has already been completed.