More than €110 million for the modernisation of a railway corridor in western Bulgaria

Karel Novak, Published on 22/07/2022
More than €110 million for the modernisation of a railway corridor in western Bulgaria
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The European Commission has approved this investment from the Cohesion Fund for the first phase of a project modernizing a railway corridor in Western Bulgaria, part of a bigger TEN-T network between Sofia and the Serbian border.


The modernization concerns a 33,34km long section between Voluyak and Dragoman. The section of railway line links western Bulgaria with Serbia and is part of the transport corridor linking Turkey with Western and Central Europe.

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “This new investment brings Cohesion Policy's added value to the local level: at the service of citizens in Bulgaria, ensuring connectivity of border regions and sustainable transport infrastructures as part of the larger European network. Such investments are important for economic activity in the region and promote social and territorial cohesion. The project has environmental benefits, encouraging a shift of cargo flows from road to rail and will result in less noise and air pollution, thus improving the residents' quality of life.”

In the first phase of the project, the existing single track will be modernized and a second electrified track will be laid. The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system ensuring the monitoring and control of railway traffic on the line will also be upgraded. The modernization will contribute to interoperability, particularly along cross-border sections, benefiting both citizens and businesses in the region.

This project is in line with the European Green Deal to promote sustainable transport and remove bottlenecks in key network infrastructures.

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