BULGARIA: The European Investment Bank has announced a €105m loan to the city of Sofia to co-finance the construction of metro extensions totalling 12·8 km and the acquisition of an additional 15 trainsets.

As part of the city's development master plan metro Line 1 is to be extended a further 2·2 km southeast to Tzarigradsko Shose Boulevard, with two stations.

Work on the planned Line 2 will begin with a 6·4 km first phase running south from Nadezhda to Cherni Vrah Boulevard via Tsentralna station and city centre. The four station second phase will extend Line 2 north by 4·1 km to serve Obelya.

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