A new intermodal terminal has recently been opened in the Bozhurishte industrial area, a logistics area near Sofia. The new facility will be used to handle sea containers unloaded at the port and destined for clients in western Bulgaria. Goods between the terminal and the port of Burgas will be moved by rail. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to RailFreight.

New terminal

The terminal was opened on 23 February and has a working area of 27,000 square meters with an expected annual throughput of 60,000 TEU. The terminal will be equipped with two railway tracks 300 meters long each. The railway line between Sofia and the port of Burgas is a key section of the TEN-T East – Eastern Mediterranean corridor connecting Greece with Germany.

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BMF Port Burgas, the company that manages the port of Burgas in eastern Bulgaria, will be responsible for the operation of the terminal. A BMF representative said that in the near future it is planned to launch a block container train from the port to Sofia, which will run three times a week. Moreover, BMF is already receiving requests from companies to use the terminal as a pickup point.

BMF CEO Boris Balev called the new terminal the main link between the port of Burgas and the European network of intermodal terminals. The total investment in the construction of the terminal amounted to about five million euros. As the company explained, the terminal is located along the Sofia-Bankya railway line, in the very heart of the Balkans. The key location provides the flexibility to deliver containers by both road and rail.

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