BULGARIA: Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and Sofia Metropoliten CEO Stoyan Bratoev have visited the first train for metro Line 3 following its delivery to Sofia. The train was transported by road from Newag’s Nowy Sącz factory in Poland. Each of the three cars was carried on a separate vehicle.

In September 2015 a consortium of Siemens and Newag was awarded a €140m contract to supply rolling stock and signalling for the first phase of the east-west Line 3, which is due to open in 2019. The base order is for 20 three-car sets and the contract includes an option for 10 more.

The vehicles are based on Siemens’ Inspiro trains that are operating in Warszawa. Siemens is supplying car bodies from its Wien plant and bogies from Graz. Final assembly is taking place at Newag’s plant, and Newag will be responsible for servicing during the warranty period.

The trains are being built with driver’s cabs, although the line will be equipped for GoA3 automated operation. They will use overhead electrification and are equipped with air-conditioning.