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Daily press, 2011-06-29, 09:30 AM

ThyssenKrupp Elevator wins follow-up contract in Bulgaria

ThyssenKrupp Elevator is to manufacture and install a further 19 elevators and 31 escalators for the expansion of the metro system in Sofia. It is the second contract the company has received in connection with Bulgaria’s biggest current infrastructure project. At the same time the 50 units represent ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s biggest ever contract in the country. The elevators and escalators are for four new underground stations in the middle of the city, including the central train station and Sveta Nedelya Square intersection.

This new intersection between lines 1 and 2 lies in one of the most densely inhabited parts of Sofia, which has a total population of 1.3 million. The station’s direct catchment area includes the capital’s main shopping street, various sightseeing attractions as well as numerous government offices. ThyssenKrupp Elevator will be installing eight elevators and eleven escalators here to enable passengers to enter, exit and change trains as quickly and conveniently as possible. The first trains are scheduled to travel on the 11.6 kilometer section from 2012.

Some new stations of the Sofia metro system have been in operation since 2009. These too feature a total of 17 elevators and ten escalators supplied by ThyssenKrupp Elevator. The overall expansion program is scheduled for completion in 2015, at which point the extended network will comprise 65 kilometers of track and a total of 63 stations – planners anticipate more than 1.2 million passengers per day.