The modernisation works for Mihailov – Kaloyanovets railway section, part of “Rehabilitation of railway infrastructure along sections of the railway line Plovdiv – Bourgas” project, are completed. According to the Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Daniel Papazoff, present at the ceremony of formal commissioning of the line, the other two lots (Lot 2 – rehabilitation of railway sections Stara Zagora – Yambol and Zavoy – Zimnitza, Lot 3 – Tserkovski – Karnobat) are under construction and are expected to be completed by end of the year.
Minister Daniel Papazoff announced that all rail projects under the Operational Programme “Transport” are in progress. Until now, the Bulgarian National railway infrastructure company (NRIC) has received more than BGN 394 million (EUR 200 million) from the progamme.
The project “Rehabilitation of sections of the railway infrastructure between Plovdiv and Burgas” is funded by the Operational Programme “Transport”. The value of the segment Mihailov – Kaloyanovets is over BGN 35 million (EUR 18 million).
The upgrading works are expected to increase the line’s capacity and result in significantly shorter journey times for freight and passenger traffic. By one estimate, this could deliver as much as EUR 4.65 million of travel time savings every year.
Train passengers and freight transporters will see traffic increase by 14 % and 16 % respectively after the project ends. Other main beneficiaries will include the regional population of 1.9 million and the regional economy, especially the commercially important sea port of Burgas, not to mention public and private train operators.