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Sofia – Plovdiv route modernisation funding

22 Feb 2018

BULGARIA: The European Commission has allocated €471m from the Operational Programme Transport & Transport Infrastructure for a three-phase project to modernise the 51 km Elin Pelin – Kostenets section of the Sofia – Plovdiv main line.

This aim is to enhance the double-track electrified route to permit freight trains to run at up to 120 km/h and passenger trains at up to 160 km/h.

This will involve the construction of over 20 km of tunnels, the longest being 6·7 km, and 23 bridges totalling 3 km. Completion is planned for 2023.