21 December 2011
A €12.6m funding application for the development of Bulgaria’s sixth largest city’s urban transport system, has been completed by WYG.
The application, undertaken on behalf of the Ministry for Regional Development and Public works and funded by Operational Programme Regional Development 2007-2013, covers a variety of information advised on by global consultancy WYG including a feasibility study and review of the municipal transport policy, an environmental impact assessment and a detailed pre-investment study.
If approved, the funding will help develop the lives of those living and working in Stara Zagora through improvements in the quality, safety and reliability of the public transport service.
Georgi Georgiev, Managing Director, WYG Bulgaria said: “As a global multi-disciplinary consultant, we have been working in the international public sector with national and regional authorities, business communities and civil stakeholders in Bulgaria for more than four years bringing about change and enhancing the quality of life of millions of people in developing and transitional societies.
“Using our experienced team of specialists we have undertaken extensive research to advise the Ministry for Regional Development and Public Works and the municipality of Stara Zagora on the socio-economic environment for the future project and to identify any problems with the current transport system to be resolved by the project. We have also been able to advise on other suggestions for the development that could help secure the funding: from opportunities for land acquisitions and the planned integrated traffic management system to undertaking a cost-benefit analysis.”
Veselina Vasileva from the Project Implementation Unit at the Ministry for Regional Development and Public Works emphasised the importance of the EU funding: “Operational Programme Regional Development is funding a number of urban transport planning projects in five of the biggest cities in Bulgaria. With regard to the city of Stara Zagora, the investments proposed by WYG will improve the quality of the transport services, the environment and safety in the city.”
With the successful completion of this project, WYG continues its solid track record in delivering quality projects. Previously, the consultancy was engaged by Ministry of Transport to undertake an independent evaluation of its progress on the implementation of Operational Programme Transport. In 2010, WYG organised and delivered training to 1,400 border police officers on Schengen rules and legislation.