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08.06.2017 13:59
European Commission Earmarked €86.6 M from Cohesion Funds for Sofia Metro Line 3
The funding will be used to build four new underground stations on a 4 km-long section, from the city centre (Zhitnitsa Street) to the Sofia Ring Road via the Ovcha Kupel district, in the south-western part of the city

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The European Commission announced on Thursday it has adopted a new investment package worth €86.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to finance further works on the western part of the third line of the Bulgarian capital's subway network. The funding will be used to build four new underground stations on a 4 km-long section, from the city centre (Zhitnitsa Street) to the Sofia Ring Road via the Ovcha Kupel district, in the south-western part of the city.

Last year, a first investment package worth over €368 million from the ERDF was adopted by the Commission to support the construction of the new line 3, linking the residential districts of Suhata reka, Hadzhi Dimitar, Krasno selo, Slaviya, Belite brezi, Lagera, Hipodruma to the city centre. When complete, this new line is expected to be 16 km-long with 19 stations, bringing the total Sofia subway network to 56 km of lines and 53 stations by 2020. Almost €500 million of EU funds was invested in expanding lines 1 and 2 in the 2007-2013 funding period, especially to ensure smooth connections to the Sofia Airport and the Sofia Business Park.

TAGS: Bulgaria | Sofia | metro | underground | public transport | funding | European Regional Development Fund | ERDF | EU | construction | infrastructure 

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