(DF) Sofia Opens New Subway Stretch Reaching Gorna Banya
April 24 (BTA) - The new stretch of Sofia's subway reaching the Gorna Banya neighbourhood was officially opened on Saturday. In addition to the underground work, the project includes the construction of 5 kilometres of boulevards, three parking lots and a connection to the railway network. The subway is the most important strategic project for the capital, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova said. In her Facebook profile she wrote that in May Sofia's chief architect will be working on changes to the city plan to accommodate the extension of the subway by three additional stations, and on the continuation toward the Studentski Grad neighbourhood. The extension of the subway from the Lyulin station to Sofia's ring road is in its final stage. "A subway is not built overnight, and it cannot be subdued to petty political calculations," Fandakova's post reads. During the opening, head of Metropolitan EAD Stoyan Bratoev said that the third line of the subway is of a new generation, featuring a new type of automacy, new interiors and controls. He added that the functions of the driver are limited, but manual control is always an option if needed. The new line will transport passengers to Sofia's downtown in 12 minutes. It is expected to service about 50,000 people a day. With the launch of these four additional kilometres of Line 3, the total length of Sofia's metro tracks now stands at 52 km with 47 stations. XXX During a meeting streamed on Facebook, outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov set a priority for next year to Mayor Fandakova and her team to focus on the digitalization of the capital. "This is what the residents of Sofia expect: a modern, digital city with internet coverage everywhere," Borissov said. In Fandakova's words, the adoption of the Resilience and Recovery Plan is vital, as the Plan earmarks funds for the extension of Sofia's metro network. Her team added that the representatives of BSP and Democratic Bulgaria on the Sofia Municipal Council are against the planned extension of the subway from Sofia's Business Park to the Simeonovo lift. RI/MT /МТ/ 25 Април 2021, 08:00
Източник: BTA Free News
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