\r\nThe electrified single-track line is designed for 160km\/h operation and includes a new 433m-long bridge across the Maritsa River (pictured) at Svilengrad. The line was designed and built by Czech contractor OHL ZS under a Lev 70m ($US 47m) contract signed with National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) in May 2009, while a consortium of Alcatel-Lucent and Thales was responsible for signalling and telecommunications. The line is electrified at 25kV ac 50Hz and is equipped with ETCS Level 1.\r\nThe railway is the first Bulgarian project to be completed under the European Union's Operational Programme on Transport 2007-13, which contributed Lev 46.6m in cohesion funding towards the Lev 85.8m project. The remainder of the project was financed by the Bulgarian government through NRIC.\r\nThe opening of the line marks the completion of the third phase of the upgrading and electrification of the 154km Plovdiv \u2013 Dimitrovgrad \u2013 Kapikule (Turkish border) route, which forms part of European Corridor 10 Branch C (Ni\u0161 \u2013 Sofia \u2013 Plovdiv \u2013 Edirne \u2013 Istanbul). The fourth and final phase covers the 67.2km section between Dimitrovgrad and Svilengrad.\r\nOn the Turkish side of the border, the line between Kapikule and Istanbul is expected to close this summer for reconstruction, and freight operators are currently looking at options for alternative terminals.