Danube Bridge 2 rail route finally opened, Sofia-Thessaloniki rail service restored

Several months after it was promised and about 11 months after the Danube Bridge 2 was officially opened, international railway transport along the Vidin-Golentsi-Craiova route between Bulgaria and Romania began on May 10 2014.

Danube Bridge 2, officially the New Europe Bridge, was officially opened on June 14 2013 but the rail tracks that cross it in parallel with the road passageway lay unused for close to 11 months.
In December, the head of Bulgaria’s state railways BDZ said that the rail route over the bridge would open in February. This turned out to be May.

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(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)