Extension of Bulgarian capital city’s metro underground railway planned

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Sofia is planning an extension of a metro underground railway line which is still being constructed. According to Stoyan Bratoev, the Bulgarian capital’s Chief Engineer, a new stretch with a total length of seven km is in its planning stage.

The construction schedule available so far shows the third line of Sofia’s tetro system, which is being built right now. It will be connecting the city center with the Gorna Banya and Ovcha Kupel residential areas. The first train on that line is expected to transport passengers at some point in 2019.

At “Theatre Sofia”, at the intersection of Madrid, Yanko Sakuzov and Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev boulevards, the first Metro station is being built. At Sofia University station, line number three will connect to line number one.

The next stops will be at Patriarch Evtimi Boulevard, at the intersection of Praga and Pencho Slaveikov boulevards, at Bulgaria Boulevard and at Krasno Selo, before it reaches Gorna Banya and Ovcha Kupel.

The construction site for the “Theatre Sofia” Metro station. Photo: Imamnuel Markus.

Now the city is hoping for more funding from the European Union’s Operational Program “Transport”. The idea was to extend the third line to Sofia’s Slatina and Geo Milev residential areas, Bratoev told Bulgarian-language media. If the EU makes those funds available, the construction of the extension might start in about four years from now, in 2021.

The option of extending the first metro line from the Business Park to Ikea and Sofia Ring Mall has been discussed. But according to Chief Engineer Bratoev’s statements, “there is a project, but nothing more.” So far, the owners of the Ikea branch in Sofia and that mall next door have not committed to the idea financially. They would have to, in order to make this work.

In addition, there might be a new Metro station between two existing ones, on the second line. American investors intend to build a huge residential complex in the area between Obelya and Slivnitsa, and they want a Metro station on those premises. A Darik News report says, the price of 24 million leva (12.3 million euro) will be split between the investors and Sofia Municipality.






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