The Bulgarian government merges freight and passenger railway carriers into one company
Two years after the division of the company into freight and passenger transportation, from the BDŻ holding, the Bulgarian government decided to merge the operators into one company.
This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Nakolei Pl.
At the end of 2019, the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) decided to split the passenger and freight segments from the BDZ holding into two separate companies: BDZ Cargo and BDZ Passenger Services.
Changes in the legal form came into force at the beginning of 2020.
At the end of 2021, there was a change in the government of Bulgaria and the government of Kirill Petkov decided on another restructuring, according to which BDŻ Cargo, BDŻ Passenger and BDŻ Holding should work within the same company – BDŻ
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According to the Bulgarian government, the railways should earn income by increasing their market share. BDŻ, as a company engaged in both passenger and cargo transportation, should start operations in 2024.
The new Bulgarian government plans to allocate one billion leva for the purchase of new trains. These investments will be covered by funds that Bulgaria will receive from the EU in accordance with the Reconstruction Plan. The Bulgarian media hope that their KPO will be approved by the European Commission in March.
Among other things the money is planned to be used for the purchase of double-decker trains, regional trains and long-distance trains.
The Bulgarians hope that if they manage to get EU funds rolling stock manufacturers from abroad will apply for tender procedures.
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