Consortium of German Siemens and Polish Newag will deliver 20 three-unit metro trains for Bulgarian company METROPOLITAN EAD (operator of Sofia metro system), the Newag's press office reported.

The three-year contract was signed last week on September 28 in Sofia. The deal has an option for additional order of 10 vehicles. Moreover, the consortium will install the traffic control system.

The contract’s net total value (including costs to the infrastructure development, delivery of trains and the option for additional order) amounts to BGN 418,3 million (near EUR 214 million).

New trains will be based on the Inspiro platform. These trains are running in Warsaw Metro. They will have different pantograph mounting due to the fact that these units will travel both in tunnels and on the ground. Additionally, the trains will be air-conditioned.

The scope of work for Newag comprises the design and installation of train interiors, train start-up at the company’s Nowy Sącz plant, the delivery of the ready vehicles to Bulgaria as well as providing maintenance services during the guarantee period.

"Our share in manufacturing the vehicles for the Bulgarian capital will be bigger than for Warsaw Metro. We will have more responsibility for their design and equipping. This is a very interesting order," said Zbigniew Konieczek, President of Newag.