The traffic lights junction
A new traffic organization is now in force at a junction at Magistralna Street (below the Language High School and above the retail and wholesale stores area). A traffic lights system costing 80,000 leva was placed there recently but only came to be working yesterday. The installation was mounted 4 months ago but due to some arguments between Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and the State Road Infrastructure Agency concerning a fee that should be paid to the agency the lights weren’t operating; now the money is paid. Be aware that serious jams are occurring even outside rush hours and are reaching all the way to the roundabout at Praktiker.
The new expressway from Ruse, which is part of the international Helsinki – Istanbul corridor between Europe and Asia, will run only 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo, between the villages of Ledenik and Momin Sbor.
Hemus Highway which is also expected to go north of Veliko Tarnovo will cross the new main arterial road from Ruse just 13 km away from the old capital. The road junction is planned to be constructed in the area between Rusalya and Hotnitsa. Another junction north of Polikraishte will connect the current main road to the Danube town with the future highway.
On several occasions it was confirmed by the government that these two major infrastructural projects are amongst the top priorities for the country. Veliko Tarnovo may become an important logistics centre once they are completed and thus boast its economy. The estimated value of the expressway Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo was recently announced – around 580 million euros.
The route of the new arterial road is expected to go along the villages of Karantsi, Radanovo, Petko Karavelovo and Kutsina and then between Ledenik and Momin sbor. From there it will continue towards Gabrovo passing by Debelets. Last year it decided that due to its functions and capacities the new road will be classified as an expressway instead of a highway.
Every last Thursday of the month you can visit Tsarevets and Trapezitsa Fortresses in Veliko Tarnovo for free. If on such days visitors prefer to use the hillside tram to get to Trapezitsa they will have to pay just the price for the ride which is 10 leva (return ticket) or 5 leva for disabled people.
The inclined elevator departs from the base station at 9.00; 9.40; 10.20; 11.00; 11.40; 1.00; 1.40; 2.20; 3.00; 3.40; 4.10 and returns from the top at 9.20; 10.00; 10.40; 11.20; 12.00; 1.20; 2.00; 2.40; 3.20; 4.00; 4.30. The tram operates from Tuesday to Sunday at temperatures between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius. Preventive maintenance will be done every Mondays so the lift won’t be working then. On Mondays visitors will be able to reach Trapezitsa only on foot.
The Regional Historical Museum also offers guided tours but you need to place your request at least a day beforehand on 0885 105 282. Trapezitsa Fortress is open to from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Image: Veliko Tarnovo Municipality
The restored Trapezitsa Railway Station
Veliko Tarnovo officially opens its newest tourist attractions Trapezitsa Fortress on the eve of the celebrations of The Independence Day, September 22nd. It is expected that the event will be attended by the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the first lady of Azerbaijan and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation – Mehriban Alieva. The official opening will take place at 3 pm.
The Municipal Council of Veliko Tarnovo also approved the entrance fees to the Trapezitsa Fortress. It will cost you 6 leva if you visit the site via the pedestrian alley, which is located near the junction of the Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi Road in Asenov Neighbourhood. This type of tickets for students will be 2 leva and for Bulgarian citizens aged over 60 – 3 leva. Entrance fee for children up to 7 yo and people with disabilities is free.
If visitors use the recently installed hillside tram the combined fee for both the entrance and lift becomes 16 leva. Children under 7 yo go for free. Students’ combined ticket is worth 12 leva. People with disabilities will pay only 50% of the cost of transportation – 5 leva. Families with up to three children aged between 7 and 18 yo will pay 26 leva for entrance and ride in the inclined lift.
The hillside lift
Over the past few years over 7 million leva were invested into socialization, strengthening and partial restoration of the fortress. Two projects were implemented by the Ministry of Culture with expert assistance from the municipal administration.
The first project was Building a retaining wall, artistic lighting and tourism infrastructure for access to the historical reserve Trapezitsa in Veliko Tarnovo, worth 4.6 million leva. It included the installation of the inclined lift which departs from the historic railway station of Trapezitsa and reaches the south tower of the fortress. Also a Museum Centre was set up; it will host an exhibition with the archaeological findings from the medieval fortress. The second project was for socialization and partial restoration of the fortress (invested in the restoration of part of the northern wall, three medieval churches and the construction of the main tourist promenade); it was funded with a donation of 3 million leva by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation presided by Mehriban Alieva.
The Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications has secured additional 2.05 million leva for the airports in Plovdiv and Gorna Oryahovitsa. These funds will be used to pay off the debts which the state has accumulated towards both airports for the funding of activities such as ensuring the safety and security of flights and for the maintenance and development of the airports.
Meanwhile Gorna Oryahovitsa airport is awaiting its new owner. According to experts there is a bonus the concessioner is to receive – an on-ramp from the airport to the future Hemus Highway that is to pass nearby. Only the opinion of the Commission for Protection of Competition is awaited before the new owner takes possession of the airport.
The 12th edition of the Tvarditsa – Elena Rally 2016 is to be held on 15th, 16th and 17th July. It is part of the national rally championship organized by the Bulgarian Automobile Sport Federation. The total length of this stage is 295 km; 130 km of them are competitive and will be divided into 11 legs.
The official opening is on 15th July from 9 pm in Tvarditsa town square.
The planned reconstruction of the Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi road starts today (12.07.2016). Recently heavy boulders and mud from the slopes along the road collapsed onto 2 cars prompting authorities to take actions to secure the lot. Road signs will indicate the detour route.
People travelling from VT through Arbanasi to Gorna Oryahovitsa and vice versa should take the road passing through Sheremetya. Closed for the entire time will be the lot from the water tap at the chine all the way to the fork at Mavrikov Factory. The road is said to be open on the way to the fork at Mavrikov Factory. The road is said to be open on September, 1st.