Sofia Launches Construction of Subway to Airport

Business | November 21, 2012, Wednesday // 09:46| Views: | Comments: 6
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Bulgaria: Sofia Launches Construction of Subway to Airport In end-August, 11 new stations of the second metro diameter were opened, connecting Sofia’s Nadezhda residential district to the Cherni Vrah Blvd. Photo by BGNES

The construction of the subway section connecting Bulgarian capital Sofia's Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd and the city's airport is to start on Wednesday.

The section is about 5 km long and includes 4 subway stations. It is expected to become functional in 2015.

Some 1500 workers will be engaged in the construction.

As the Bulgarian National Television has noted, the new subway section will allow passenger to travel the distance between Sofia Airport and downtown Sofia in just 15 minutes.

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovki will be present at the official launch of the construction.

In end-August, 11 new stations of the second metro diameter were opened, connecting Sofia's Nadezhda residential district to the Cherni Vrah Blvd.

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Mat - 22 Nov 2012 // 10:07:46

What, there aren't busses already to the airport? And a bus lane on Tsarigradsko Schosse? And a newly renovated road all the way from the airport to Tsarigradsko Schosse?

And who works there? A few people at the airport and the security guards on the building sites that are all that remain of the 'business park'.

dabu - 21 Nov 2012 // 16:47:45

Believe blue line stops at Railway station, but confess I haven't used it to go there.

Hawksey - 21 Nov 2012 // 16:13:39

Er - is it me or does the new subway just end in the centre of Sofia - any links between the railway or central bus station that might be of real use to airport customers. Stand to be corrected - don't know Sofia that well.

dabu - 21 Nov 2012 // 14:52:15

Amen to that Mattbg! I can't believe someone could suggest hundreds of smelly taxis queueing all day are better for the sustainable development of a capital city than clean, efficient public transportation. Furthermore, by the time the link is ready, the taxi rides will no longer be 5 euro.

mattbg - 21 Nov 2012 // 11:34:54

is that a thought that "rich" foreigners should pay 5 euro every time they fly into the capital, and another 5 euro when they leave?

what about the thousands of people employed on low wages at the airport and surrounding area? some people will only be earning 10 or 15 euro a day - should they spend half their daily wage on taxis?

improved infrastructure is vital for the city, including transport options to and from the airport - many foreigners will still prefer to take a taxi as it's often more comfortable in a country where you don't know the way around, don't speak the language, and have heavy bags to transport.

or we could follow your thinking to the logical conclusion, and ban all transport other than taxis, so then half the population can make a living driving other people around.

Mat - 21 Nov 2012 // 10:36:58

A taxi is 5 euro, also takes 15 minutes and gives sustainable employment to large numbers of low skilled people - why on earth do we need to spend millions building a metro?

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