New metro line for Bulgaria’s capital
Yordanka Fandakova, the mayor of Sofia, has announced plans to start the construction works on the third metro line for the Bulgarian capital city by the end of this year.
Under the plan, the new line is to connect Sofia’s south-western parts with its eastern neighbourhoods. Its first section, the link between Krasno Selo and the city centre, is to have a length of seven kilometres, and it will be fitted with a total of seven stations.
The metro investment will be enabled by the provision of €400 million by the European Union in the 2014-2020 financial period. Bulgaria is set to obtain the funds to develop the municipal metro network, Fandakova said, as reported by local news agency Novinite.
The funds are part of the €2 billion financing package secured by the Bulgarian government in December 2014.
In addition to the latest project, a further two extensions are to be added the city’s existing red metro line, the first one which was put into operations in Sofia, according to Fandakova. With the planned investment, the line will be expanded by nine kilometres. The project is expected to be completed this year. As part of the designed works, the line will be extended towards the city’s international airport.
The operating sections of the two metro lines are reportedly used by more than 450,000 passengers per day.
The city's metro network is operated by publicly-owned Metropolitan PLC. The three lines are to total 65 km and be fitted with 63 metro stations, according to data from the company.
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