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EU provides €110 million for modernization of Voluyak – Dragoman in Bulgaria

The Cohesion Fund supports the doubling of lanes on the road to Serbia.

THE European Commission (EC) has approved an allocation of €110 million from the European Union (EU) Cohesion Fund for the first phase of a project to upgrade the road linking the Bulgarian capital Sofia to the border with Serbia, as part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

The funding will support an upgrade of the existing single track on the 33.4 km section between Voluyak and Dragoman. A second electrified track will also be laid and the signaling and traffic control systems on the route upgraded, including the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Voluyak – Dragoman is part of the transport corridor linking Western and Central Europe to Turkey, and the EC says the upgrade will improve interoperability, especially on cross-border sections.

The EC says the project also supports the European Green Deal to promote sustainable transport and remove bottlenecks in key infrastructure networks.

“The project has environmental benefits, encouraging a shift in freight flows from road to rail and will result in reduced noise and air pollution, improving the quality of life for local residents,” the city said. European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Ms Elisa Ferreira.

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