The Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, participated at the trials of the new Inspiro metro trains on city’s Line 3 which will be opened by the end of this year.
Initial operations include five new stations on the 8-km Krasno Selo- Vladimir Vazov route, in the eastern part of the city. Three other metro stations from Krasno Selo to Ovcha Koupel district will be put into operation in the first half of 2020.
The line will be operated by the new Inspiro trains delivered by Siemens-Newag consortium, under the contract signed in 2015. The EUR 140 million contract included the supply of 20 Inspiro trains, with additional 10 three-car Inspiro metro, an option which was exercised in February 2019.
In total, Sofia has ordered 30 Inspiro metro trains, with a platform that was developed with a special emphasis on low energy consumption, optimized maintenance, disabled friendliness, and environmental considerations. In June 2018, Sofia received the first metro train.
The trains’ body was produced at Siemens’ plant in Vienna, while the bogies at Siemens’ plant in Graz. Final assembly, factory train testing, and static commissioning of the train took place at Newag’s plant in Nowy Sacz, Poland.
Sofia’s metro Line 3 will extend 18 km through the city as an east-west link serving 18 stations, running both at ground level as well as underground.
In addition, from 2021, construction works will be launched for a further extension of Line 3 in the eastern part of the city covering the Levski, Slatina and Geo Milev districts.