As of today “Bulgarian State Railways" EAD launch and additional train from Sofia to Pernik, which will be served with one of the new electric multiple units Desiro.
As of tomorrow (20-th February) the new EMUs Desiro will operate six more regional trains between Sofia and Pernik. This becomes possible with the new scheme for enhancement of train connections in the region of Sofia. The timetables of some trains will be changed as well.
At the meeting between the management teams of “Bulgarian State Railways" EAD and the metallurgical plant “Kremikovtsi" an agreement was reached on the scheme for the disbursement of liabilities of the plant to the railway carrier. The meeting between the management teams of the two companies was held in the office of the Deputy Minister of transport, Georgi Petarneichev.
As of tomorrow the first two electric multiple units (EMU) Desiro start regular service and will serve a total of seven of regional trains around Sofia. The new EMUs will replace the current composition of these trains, which consisted of passenger coaches or traditional electric trainsets
With a view to the improvement of passenger services and due to increased demand for tickets for the route Sofia – Pleven – Sofia during Christmas season, “Bulgarian State Railways" EAD will launch two additional fast trains along this route. The additional trains will operate on 21st, 22nd, 26th and 29th December 2007, as well as on 1st January 2008.
On 16th December the first two electric multiple units (EMU) “Desiro" of Siemens arrived in Bulgaria. Their delivery is in compliance with the contract between “Bulgarian State Railways" EAD and Siemens for the procurement of 25 new EMUs.
In order to improve transport services during Christmas season and New Year holidays, in the period between 21st December 2007 and 3rd January 2008, “Bulgarian State Railways" EAD will provide additional coaches for the compositions of some trains in compliance with the capacity of the passenger coach fleet. Over 16 000 additional seats will be available in the trains for the whole period.
Catenary line between Tryavna and Krustec is still not repaired and train traffic remains impossible. In addition, the catenary line in the next section between Krustec and Radunci also became dysfunctional.
Heavy snow crushed trees and branches, which in their turn broke the catenary line between Tryavna and Krustec as of 01:30 hrs.
Yesterday, about 09:30 a.m., one of the newly delivered from Germany passenger coach of Bulgarian State Railways EAD was thrown stones at by unknown persons. The incident happened on its way to the National Research Institute on Transport where it had to be certified for technical fitness necessary for its operation within the rail transport system.
In compliance with the implementation of the Programme on transport and communication servicing of persons with reduced mobility of the Ministry of Transport Bulgarian State Railways EAD start the servicing of persons with reduced mobility in wheelchairs in the station of Shumen, as of August 22, 2007. Thanks to the special platforms the passengers with reduced mobility shall have the possibility to get on and off the trains without any difficulties.
Train traffic in the line section between Radevtsi and Krustets was restored at 11:16. The land slide was cleaned from the emergency teams of the National Railway Infrastructure Company.
As of 08:30 hrs this morning train traffic in the line section between Radevtsi and Krustets has been cancelled due to landslide in front of one of the tunnels. The landslide has broken the catenary wire as well.
With a view to the improvement of passenger transport services, as of 15th June 2007 “Bulgarian State Railways" EAD will launch additional trains and coaches along some routes to the seaside port of Bourgas.
As of 01:10 hrs this morning train traffic between Kazichene and Musachevo has been cancelled due to a vandal attempt to steal catenary line in result of which 500 m of catenary wire were broken. This is the fifth similar case for the last week. Thefts of catenary wire result in the lack of voltage in the catenary line network which makes it impossible to operate trains in the section and train compositions are redirected via other routes.
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