Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has announced plans to build an express railway line between Budapest, Hungary and Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca).
In fact, this line will serve as the first stretch of a larger Bucharest-Budapest express line that will be developed; in other words, Cluj-Napoca will be the first major Romanian city connected to Budapest through this express line.
While there is currently a train line linking Budapest to Cluj-Napoca, it currently takes between 9 and 13 hours to go from one city to the other. This is due in large part to the fact that trains in Romania travel at rather slow speed because of the generally poor condition of the country’s railway infrastructure. This means that, as it currently stands, the fastest way to travel between the two cities is by bus, a trip that takes just over 8 hours, and whose route you can view below:
Szijjartó also expressed his belief in the importance of connecting Budapest and Bucharest by high-speed train. According to the Hungarian minister, the transport infrastructure in Europe is being chiefly developed through railways. For this reason, he said that
We believe that a high-speed train project linking Budapest to Bucharest, via Cluj, should be a priority. So, probably the connection between Budapest and Cluj will be developed in a first phase; then, in a second phase, the two capitals will be connected by a high-speed train.
In a meeting between the Hungarian Foreign Minister and his Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu on Monday, the two discussed the possibility of using EU funds to finance the express line.
via: szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu; romania-insider.com
photos: iho.; szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu