The opening of the final 34km stretch of Bulgaria’s Trakiya Motorway, which links capital city Sofia with the Black Sea city of Bourgas via Plovdiv, in July caused a fair amount of grumbling from motorists, who complained about the lack of restroom facilities and petrol stations on the newly-opened section.
The former received a quick fix, as chemical toilets were put up in a number of places alongside the motorway, and the latter is about to be addressed as well, according to a report by local website Dnevnik.
Two petrol stations are currently under construction on the motorway, but both of them were on the side of the traffic towards Bourgas, none in the direction of Sofia, the report said.
One of the stations, just before the exit to Sliven, would be operated by fuel retailer OMV Bulgaria. The second, about 25km further along the motorway, was at an earlier stage of construction, the report said, with comments under the line speculating it was likely to be operated by Lukoil Bulgaria.
Dnevnik said that the delay in the construction of new petrol stations on the new motorway stretch had been caused by fuel retailers not being able to reach a deal with landowners alongside the motorway to buy the land.
(Trakiya motorway. Photo: Joana Levieva-Sawyer)