Bulgaria and Romania agree on deal to ease Danube Bridge lorry traffic problems

Border authorities from Bulgaria and Romania agreed on January 25 on a deal to ease lorry traffic congestion problems at Danube Bridge 2 at the Vidin-Calafat crossing.

The agreement, achieved at a meeting at the headquarters of the company that manages the bridge, came a day after lorry drivers blocked the Danube crossing for several hours in protest at the slowness in getting across the river border.

Vehicles from non-EU countries will be processed separately to ease traffic pressure and a third lane will be opened on a permanent basis to allow vehicles to exit Bulgaria.

The agreement follows discussions on January 24 between Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and his Romanian counterpart.

The regional governor of Bulgaria’s Vidin, Momchil Stankov, said that the number of lorries at Danube Bridge 2 increased by about 200 a day after the ferry at Oryahovo stopped because of ice floes on the river.

(Photo of Danube Bridge 2 at the northern Bulgarian city of Vidin: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

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