Rail service across Bulgarian-Romanian Danube Bridge 2 to begin in February 2014 – BDZ head

Rail service across Bulgarian-Romanian Danube Bridge 2 to begin in February 2014 – BDZ head

 

By Clive Leviev – Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

Passenger and goods train services across the Danube Bridge 2 at the Bulgarian city of Vidin and Romanian city of Calafat will begin in February 2014, according to the head of Bulgarian state railways BDZ.

Danube Bridge 2, officially the New Europe Bridge, was officially opened on June 14 2013 but the rail tracks that cross it in parallel with the road passageway have lain unused since then.

After its opening, the 226 million euro bridge, which took several years to complete, made headlines because of a number of potholes in the road section of the bridge.

BDZ executive director Kristian Krustev said after the signing of an agreement with Romanian railways, rail traffic across the bridge would begin.

“We are working well with the Romanians and we expected that in February to March 2014, we will start the movement of goods and passenger trains across Danube Bridge 2, after the signing of the final agreement that is required,” Krustev said.