Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) Reports steep Decline in Passengers

Politics » DOMESTIC | September 17, 2021, Friday // 14:57
Bulgaria: Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) Reports steep Decline in Passengers pixabay

Bulgarian state-owned railway company BDZ Passengers, a wholly-owned unit of BDZ Holding, saw its passengers numbers decline by 20-30% due to the coronavirus pandemic, transport minister Rosen Zheliazkov said on Wednesday.

Respectively, the net income of BDZ Passengers' parent company decreased by a similar percentage, Zheliazkov said in a video file published on the website of public television BNT.

The modernisation of the rolling stock of BDZ Passngers, however, will not be halted over the coronavirus pandemic and the number of operating trains will not be reduced despite the drop in passenger numbers, according to the transport minister.

The company expects to receive new and renovated locomotives by the end of this year, Zheliazkov said.

In July, the railway company said that it expects to receive the first repaired locomotives under two contracts with Slovakia's ZOS Vrutky and the Czech-led tie-up Rail Services, respectively, by the end of 2020. Each of the two deals envisages the repair of 10 locomotives.

In May, BDZ Passengers signed a 55.5 million levs (.3 million/28.4 million euro) deal for the purchase of 10 new electric locomotives from a consortium comprising Siemens Mobility Austria and Siemens Mobility Bulgaria. The first locomotive will be delivered within 10 months of the signing of the contract, while all 10 must be delivered within 13 months./See News

 

 

 

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Domestic » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Bulgaria, railways company, drop in passengers
Advertisement
Advertisement
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria