Bulgarian railways adds coaches, heavy lorry ban on motorways ahead of Christmas road rush

Bulgarians travelling for Christmas will be able to take advantage of extra coaches on the railways, but bus tickets are in short supply, while restrictions have been imposed on heavy lorries using the motorways to clear the way for other traffic.

Bulgarian state railways BDZ is providing additional coaches on 127 trains on the main rail routes in the country.

For Festive Season travel, BDZ has cut the prices of return tickets by 10 to 30 per cent.

Bus tickets for main routes in Bulgaria have been sold out, but on December 22, carriers said that they would provide extra buses.

Intense road traffic was expected on main thoroughfares across the country on December 23, the last working day before Christmas.

Traffic police urged motorists to drive with caution and at safe speeds. Traffic police teams will be deployed on the busiest road sections.

From 6pm to 9pm on December 23, there will restrictions on the movement of heavy lorries over 12 tons on motorways and some main roads of the national network. A similar ban will be in place on December 28 from 2pm to 8pm. The restrictions will not apply to the Harmanli to Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint stretch of the Maritsa Motorway.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)



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