9 December 2015
Leading the way providing transport solutions is something that our colleagues in Sofia, Bulgaria are proud to shout about. We look at their recent successes including project work in the Stara Zagora area where their efforts have contributed to improving public transport services for the local community.
Did you know...
Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and boasts a number of features not seen anywhere else in Europe. It is the only major city in Europe to lie less than 15 minutes away from an imposing mountain, Vitosha, which has a peak of 2,290m. It is the only capital where four buildings of different religions are closely located in the centre (Orthodox church, mosque, synagogue, Catholic church). It is also home to more than 500 chestnut trees which are the symbol of the city, crescit nec senescit (ever growing, never ageing).
The team consists of seven women and two men who are closely aligned and work for both national and local authorities. They specialise in: policy making; development and implementation; strategic and regional planning; development and evaluation; project life-cycle assistance; and technical assistance for infrastructure project management.
In 2011, team Sofia were tasked with carrying out a detailed feasibility study for the Stara Zagora municipality in south central Bulgaria, which aimed at improving the public transport services in the area. The study involved detailed evaluation of the existing situation by conducting transport surveys. On behalf of the municipality, the team prepared an Application Form for EUR 12.5 million of investments to be funded by the Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2013.
Today, the citizens of Stara Zagora are benefiting from improved public transport services through investments in:
Building upon the success of this project, the Stara Zagora municipality engaged with the team to carry out further work on the public transport, including cost-benefit-analysis for the acquisition of new buses and development of a business plan for Stara Zagora Trolleybus Company.
WYG has been selected to develop the next phase of the modernisation of the public transport service in Stara Zagora by carrying out another feasibility study. The team led by Lyudmila Stoykova is currently analysing options to:
Managing Director of WYG Bulgaria, Georgi Georgiev said: “In Bulgaria, we have a young team fully committed to growing the business. I am very proud of the work we have done in Stara Zagora over the years. The professional approach of our people has earned us trust with a key Client. Moreover, we have benefited from multiple contract awards over the last five years".
Find out more about the team and services offered here.