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“the rehabilitation of 230 km of the Bulgarian railway network”



North-Eastern Region (Bulgaria)

Implementation period

2009 – 2011

Value of works

305 Mln €


National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC)

Services provided

Traffic analysis
Review of the line conditions and proposal of rehabilitation alternatives
Technical design and Tender documentation


The intervention of functional restoration of the Ruse-Varna line, having a length of approximately 230 km, has a fundamental strategic value, both at a national and European level, in that it will allow the transport flows on the railroad line that is the shortest connection between the area of the Black Sea and the neighboring member states of Central and East Europe to become fluid and efficient, connecting the 7, 8 and 9 Pan-European Corridors.

The Ruse stations is also a railway hub of primary importance for the South-East of Europe inasmuch as it not only connects the river port of the city on the Danube to the maritime port of Varna on the Black Sea coast, but also manages national connections with Sofia and Plovdiv and international connections with Bucharest, Istanbul and Romania.

The project is co-financed by the European Program TEN-T and targets the reduction of times and the increase of rail transport safety with a view to reduce wheeled traffic.
The consequent reduction of vehicle traffic, of pollution and the increase of transport quality and connections for people and goods between Bulgaria and the other European countries will contribute to the increase of the interactions with the neighboring countries as well as to a more sustainable economical development for the area.

Furthermore, the integration of various modalities of transport – railroad, waterways – will be facilitated and the capacity and efficiency of the existing railroad will be improved.

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