Sofia subway operator, Metropolitan, has invited bids for delivery of 20 new trains at an indicative value of 420 million levs (EUR 215 million), Bulgaria’s Public Procurement Agency said. Bids must be submitted by March 17, 2015.
The value of the contract does not include value added tax (VAT).
The new metro trains will be put into operation on new line (L3). For this new project, Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova said that construction works will be launched this year. ”With Bulgaria set to get EUR 400 M in EU funding in 2014-2020 for building sections of the metro system in Sofia, the construction of a third line is planned to start this year,” Fandakova said.
Construction should began for the third metro line that will link the city’s southwestern neighbourhoods with its eastern parts. Its first section, to stretch from Krasno Selo neighbourhood to the city centre, will be seven kilometers long with seven stations and will considerably ease traffic on some of the most congested boulevards in Sofia.
In addition, the mayor said that two extensions to the existing red line, or Line 1, with a combined length of nine kilometers are expected to enter service in 2015.
One of the extensions will reach Sofia international airport, while the other will connect the city’s western neighbourhoods with the business park in the southeastern outskirts of Sofia where the offices of major Bulgarian and international companies are based.
The construction of a southward extension to the blue line, or Line 2, by around three km and two stations is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, said Fandakova.