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Bulgaria trains to run at 200km/h after EU-Funded reconstruction

Date: 24.04.2008

Some Bulgarian trains will be able to travel at a speed of 200 km/h after EUR 580 M from the EU Operative Program Transport are absorbed for the modernization and reconstruction of Bulgaria's railways by 2013. The news was announced Tuesday by the press service of the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC). The funds have been allocated for the development of the railway transport in Bulgaria, which is a priority for the EU. The EUR 580 M is 29% of the total budget of the Operative Program Transport for Bulgaria. This makes the NRIC the second largest beneficiary of the program after the Republic Road Infrastructure Fund, Bulgaria's road agency. The EU funds will be used by the NRIC to modernize four railway lines: the Sofia-Vidin Line leading to Romania through the future Dabube Bridge 2, the Plovdiv-Svilengrad Line leading to the border with Turkey, the Sofia-Plovdiv Line, and the Sofia-Pernik-Radomir Line.

The Sofia-Vidin Line project is the largest of all - it will be worth EUR 320 M, and will allow the trains to run at 200km/h. Thus, the duration of the trip, which is currently five hours and ten minutes, will be reduced to about three hours.

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