Bombardier Transportation Bulgaria is the new legal entity of Bombardier Transportation that has also opened a project management office in Sofia, the country’s capital.
The new company will enable Bombardier to strengthen its support for existing and future rail projects in the country and continue to work closely with the Bulgarian Railways as well as local partners and suppliers.
“With substantial rail modernisation underway in Bulgaria, this new office marks a significant milestone in Bombardier’s commitment to this growing market. We already have a strong working relationship with Bulgarian Railways through our ongoing signalling projects and, with our wide portfolio of products and services, we look forward to further contributing to the development of rail transport and supporting capabilities in Bulgaria”, said Richard Hunter, President, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation.
Bombardier entered Bulgarian market in 2017 when the railway infrastructure manager awarded a contract to install the InterFlo 200 mainline signalling solution on the Skutare-Orizovo and Sofia-Elin Pelin railway lines.
Last year, Bombardier won another major contract to design and install an Interflo 250 ERMTS Level 1 signalling and telecommunication system along 300 km of the Plovdiv-Burgas railway line, one of the most important rail signalling projects in Europe in recent years.
Bombardier Transportation Bulgaria is managed by the members of the board of directors: Costel Antonello Grozea, Managing Director, Marco Palazzo, Managing Director, Erika Gomez, Director and Daniel Proychev, Director. This group with local knowledge is looking forward to continue contributing their rail expertise in Bulgaria while expanding Bombardier’s presence in this strategic market.
Bulgaria is currently implementing important railway projects as the country needs to modernise its network and the rolling stock fleet. After 2021, the country will need EUR 2 billion investment for railway infrastructure projects
Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Rossen Jeliazkov, announced that the necessary budget for the realization of all strategic railway projects after 2021 is BGN 4 billion (EUR 2 billion). The projects include the railway connections to Serbia and Northern Macedonia, the Vidin-Medkovets and Karnobat-Sindel lines. These projects also include the installation of the ERTMS, as well as the development of the railway junctions of Varna and Gorna Oryahovitsa.