On 31st January the contracts were signed for the independent project management of the construction works and design control, as well as for the design and construction of Danube Bridge 2. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Transport, Petar Mutafchiev, the Head of EC delegation to Bulgaria, Michael Humphreys, the Ambassadors of France and Spain – Yves Saint-Geours and Fernando Arias. The independent supervision will be performed by a consortium linking the French company INGEROP and the British High-Point Rendel. The Spanish company FCC CONSTRUCCION S.A. was appointed as contractor for the construction works. The contracts for the supervision and construction works were signed by the Deputy Minister, Vessela Gospodinova, the Chairman of INGEROP Executive Board Christian Delage and FCC Regional Director Ignacio Ruiz-Larrea Arranda. The Danube Bridge 2 will be competed in the spring of 2010.
Railways need public-private partnerships
According to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Transport Committee, Prof. Iordan Mirchev, the railway sector needs a long-term state policy based on tangible actions. He considers it necessary that the Government or the Parliament should elaborate as soon as possible a document formulating this policy. The document should indicate the technical infrastructure parameters and the requirements for a high level of rail service safety. Prof. Mirchev sees a clash between the interests of the railway carrier and the infrastructure manager and he also considers that economic levers and mechanisms should be sought within the railways themselves. According to him, 80% of the funding for railway rolling stock can be provided under public-private partnerships.
to the Bulgarian deputy in the European Parliament, Philip Dimitrov, the other
Bulgarian deputies in the European Parliament, who are members of the European
People’s Party, will propose to the transport committee the construction of a
high-speed line between
BDZ updated some passenger fares
As of 8th February, BDZ EAD has updated some passenger fares. The arguments goes that fares for short-distance trips have not been changed since August 2004 in spite of the increase in fuel prices, as well as the strong competition on the part of road carriers.
limits of greater
The prices of the “Youth” and “Classic” railway passes will also go up – to BGN30 and BGN45 respectively. The privilege for discounts to which the holders of these two passes are entitled will not be changed (a 50% discount off ordinary passenger fares and a 25% discount off the price of subscription passes).
BDZ EAD will keep unchanged the prices of all other railway passes and the relevant discounts for their holders, as well as the privilege for free travel for certain social groups. A new offer for the so-called “travel in small groups” is introduced – the discount for such trips will be 15% off the ordinary passenger fare.
February, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works granted
permission for the implementation of the first phase of construction works
under the project for “the reconstruction and electrification of
Plovdiv-Svilengrad-Turkish/Greek border and optimisation of the line alignment
for speeds of 160 km/h”. It is a well-known fact that the Greek company TERNA
Bulgarian and Romanian Transport ministers meet
February, the Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Petar Mutafchiev, and the
Romanian Minister of Transport, Construction and Tourism, Radu Bercheanu, met
in Rousse. During the meeting, the two ministers signed an agreement for the
operations at Bulgarian-Romanian railway border crossings. They also agreed
upon the commissioning of a joint bus line between Rousse and
Changes in some train schedules
With a view to the improvement of passenger services, as of 19th February BDZ EAD extended the route of two commuting trains, which have hitherto run only between Koprivshtitsa and Sofia. Now they will serve passengers in the section Karlovo-Sofia-Karlovo, thus providing transport to passengers from more railway stations to and from their working places.
At the same time, marketing studies of BDZ show that there is minimal use of some other regional trains, which makes their operation inefficient. Therefore, the regional trains 42271 from Gabrovo to Tsareva livada and 42272 from Tsareva livada to Gabrovo have been withdrawn. The operational route of regional trains 30211 and 30212, which have hitherto run between Zlatitsa and Karlovo, will be shortened and from now on they will operate only between Klisura and Karlovo.
A direct Rousse -
regional railway centre for passenger services in Rousse and the local
Municipality have come up with the proposal to commission a direct train
between Rousse and
Rousse expects to receive EUR70 million for a railway line
visit to Rousse on 20th February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivaylo
Kalfin, discussed with the local authorities the possible doubling of the
cross-town railway line between the
Trapezitsa halt is pending reconstruction
In the summer of 2007, the halt at Trapezitsa will be rebuilt. Currently, it is unmanned, but trains from and to Veliko Turnovo stop there as it is convenient for passengers. The list of necessary reconstruction works, as well as the funding options thereof, is pending validation.
Level crossings in Blagoevgrad rebuilt
Three railway level crossings, located at some of the streets in Blagoevgrad where traffic is the busiest – Kl, Ochridski Str., Vasil Levski Str. and Osvobozhdenie Str. – have been rebuilt. The owner of these level crossings is NRIC, Doupnitsa section.
BDZ in “You are not alone” campaign
February, BDZ EAD took an active part in the national campaign in support of
the Bulgarian nurses unjustly accused in
shortlist of bidders for the “Technical assistance for the upgrading of
Vidin-Sofia railway line” project has been approved. On 16th February, it was
published on the Internet site of the European Commission. From a total of 19
bidders, seven companies were short-listed. These are IBERINSA from
The maximum project budget amounts to EUR3.8 million, 85% of which are provided under ISPA program, and 15% are provided by the State.
Gastrade to build a port
Initiative for cross-border railway connections
meeting of 12 mayors and representatives of municipalities from
EUR120 million needed for Belyakovtsi - Gueshevo section
According to the Minister of Transport and Communications of Macedonia, Mile Janakieski, Bulgaria and Macedonia will together turn to the European funds for the construction of the railway line section between Belyakovtsi and Gueshevo, which is part of Sofia-Skopje line, which on its part lies along Trans-European transport corridor VIII. The amount required is EUR120 million.