Underground Contruction

Expansion of metro in Sofia; Section bul. P. Evtimii - Cherni Vrah Blvd.

The project is funded by: OP "Transport" 2007-2013
Budget: 170 352 036 BGN
Start date: 19 Jun 2013
End date: 31 Aug 2012
Employer: Metropoliten JSC

Project for expansion of the metro in Sofia; Second metro diameter; Specified position No. 2: Section "Patriarh Evtimii" Blvd. - „Cherni Vrah" Blvd.

  • implementation of constructions and architectural design of 3 metro stations; incl. the completion of partially performed construction in the section "NPC – "Earth and People" Museum".
  • construction of two-way section tunnels with total length of 2,7 km;
  • development and implementation of controlling systems of the control of the movement, electrical power supply and sanitary and technical facilities;
  • supply and installation of equipment of transport automation for control of the trains and regulation of the movement speed;
  • complex equipment and construction of electrical power supply system with 7 traction reduction electrical stations, station and line facilities;
  • supply and installation of system for trains radio connection, controlling connection, audio-visual and other low current systems.

Additional information:

The JV "Metro Trace" is constructing the second sub-section of the expansion of the metro in Sofia - "Junction Nadejda" - Central Railway Station - "St. Nedelya" square - NPC - "Cherni Vrah" Blvd. Specified position II includes the construction of the trace from "P. Evtimii" Blvd. to "Cherni Vrah" Blvd. It has a length of 2,6 km and 3 metro stations.

The expansion of the capital's metro is realized as per OP "Transport" of the European union. The groundbreaking ceremony was conducted on 14 December 2008. The project is funded by the European fund of regional development through Operational program "Transport" 2007-2013, by priority axis 3 "Improvement of inter modality of transportation of passengers and cargo".

The maximum value of the gratuitous financial help by OP "Transport" is 185,19 mil. EURO. The real total value of the project, according to the signed performance contracts is 247,146 mil. EURO Additional funding of the project, equaling to 61,952 mil. EURO is provided by Sofia municipality.

The section, included in the project has a length of 6,4 km and 7 metro stations. The trace covers one of the most loaded directions of the city and connects the central city part with the main transport junctions in the capital - central railway station and central bus station, main incoming and outgoing road arteries and with the first metro line and big living areas.

Metro station "National Palace of Culture" is located under the National Palace of Culture. It will service the biggest cultural center in the country as well the heavily urbanized area around "Vitosha" Blvd. and "Patriarh Evtimii" Blvd.

"European Union" metro station is located in the beginning of "Lozenets" living area, close to the loaded junction of "Cherni Vrah" Blvd. "Arsenalski" Blvd. and "St. "Naum" Blvd. Part of the construction of metro stations "NPC" and "Saint Naum" as well as the tunnels between them are constructed together with he construction of NPC.

The last metro station of the section - "James Boucher" is located under the lane of Cherni Vrah Blvd. in the densely constructed area of "Lozenets" quarter, between its crossing of  "James Boucher" Blvd. and "Elin Vrah" Str. Due to the significant slope of the trace between "Saint Naum" metro station and "James Boucher" metro station, the platform of the last station in the section and the tunnels after it, for trains' direction of movement change are located at depth between 10 - 12 m and above them the construction of an underground parking lot with about 620 parking places is provided.

"Trace Group Hold" PLC is the leading partner of union "Metro Trace". Partners are "Trace Sofia" JSC and "SB Engineering" AD.