Bulgaria plans to spend 511 million euros on new trains

SOFIA (Bulgaria), Feb. 14 (SeeNews) – The new Bulgarian government plans to allocate 1.0 billion levs ($580.1 million/€511.3 million) to purchase new trains as part of its recovery and resilience plan which is expected to be approved by the European Commission in March 2017, local media reported.

For the first time, Bulgaria will have double-decker trains, seven of which will be bought to run mainly in the Sofia area, public radio BNR was quoted as saying by Deputy Transport Minister Iliya Iliev on Saturday.

Up to 35 single-deck trains, to be used mainly in the Varna, Burgas and Veliko Turnovo regions, as well as 20 intercity trains will be purchased, Iliev added.

Train manufacturers from all over the world can participate in public tenders for the supply of new trains yet to be launched. The first trains are expected to be delivered in early 2025.

Losses of state-owned railway company BDZ Holding currently amount to over 420 million leva, public broadcaster BNT reported on Sunday.

The market share of BDZ Passengers, the passenger rail division of BDZ Holding, has fallen to 3-5% of total land passenger transport, BNT quoted Martin Yanev of the Green Transport Cluster, an association committed to developing intermodal freight and passenger transport in Bulgaria, as saying said.

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