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Bulgaria: All railway projects under 2013 – 2017 OP “Transport” are in progress

All railway projects under Bulgaria’s 2007 – 2013 Operational  Program  Transport  are in a process of implementation, stated Danail Papazov, Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications,at the official launch of the Pazardzhik-Stamboliiski section construction.  The total value of OPT projects is  over EUR500 million.

“Today we begin working on the section Pazardzhik – Stamboliiski, and within a month we will start works on the entire section Plovdiv – Septemvri”, said Minister Papazov. Over 300 million lev are being invested in the region because of the projects under OP “Transport”. This will not only improve the railway infrastructure, but will also contribute to the creation of new jobs”.

Papazov said that the railway section Pazardzhik – Stamboliiski covers 19 km, and the whole line is 53 km, which will allow trains to reach the speed of 160 km/h.

LOT 2: “Modernization of the railway section Pazardzhik – Stamboliiski” is part of the project “Modernization of the railway sector Septemvri – Plovdiv”, which is carried out by the funds under Operational Programme “Transport” 2007-2013. The contract value for the construction of the railway section Pazardzhik – Stamboliiski is approximately 66 million lev including VAT. The project includes the construction of a new track-side at the railway stations of Ognianovo and Stamboliiski, as well as the construction of a new pedestrian subway at Ognianovo railway station, and the modernization of the existing railway station of Stamboliiski. Both subways will be equipped with elevators. New platforms and ramp covers, as well as noise protection fences, will be built at the railway stations and stops in the area. The communication network throughout the railway section will be updated. The construction works on the site are to be completed by the end of 2015.

In September 2013, Minister Papazov declared that the expected budget of the Operational Programme “Transport and Transport Infrastructure” 2014 – 2020 is around EUR 1.5 bn. The Bulgarian state will receive about EUR 350 million under Connecting Europe Facility.

Among the main priorities in the railway sector is the completion of the rehabilitation of the entire line Plovdiv – Burgas. During this programming period three sections have been under construction and for completion of the entire track about 350 million Euros will be needed. Another priority project is the construction of the railway line Burgas – Sindel which has been partially constructed over the years. In order for it to be commissioned, a tunnel needs to be completed as well as several sections worth about 170 million Euros. “With a relatively small investment we will make a connection between Northern and Southern Bulgaria and most importantly – between the ports ofVarna and Burgas” said Minister Danail Papazov.

The railway project Ruse – Varna is to be included in the new period of the operational program and it will connect the Danube River to the ports of Varna and Burgas. Preparation of projects for construction of intermodal terminals in the both cities is also planned. “Our goal is to start the construction of the railway direction Sofia – September. There the section September – Elin Pelin will be constructed with priority, as it is the most ailing one and takes a lot of time for travelling,”said Minister Papazov.

“We suggest that during the next programming period the construction of the most difficult part from the third subway line to be financed. It covers the track from Yanko Sakazov Blvd. to Krasno Selo Residential area. Its indicative value is 280 million Euros and it will provide the connection to the other two lines which were completed during the past few years”, added Minister Papazov.

Source* Managing authority of the Operational Programme Transport 2007-2013 Bulgaria

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