The people of Budapest have been waiting for a long time for the renovated metro line to be completed, however, there are still some hitches.Continue reading
From Monday afternoon, May 22, the trains running between the capital’s Kőbánya-Kispest and Újpest-központ will stop at all stations. Passengers will be able to use the Nagyvárad Square and Lehel Square stations from Monday afternoon, after which the replacement buses will cease running, reports MTI.
After five-and-a-half years, the renovation of Hungary’s busiest railway line, the M3 metro, is now complete. In the last phase of the reconstruction, the Lehel Square and Nagyvárad Square stations have been renovated, BKK Budapest Transport Center announced in a statement.
They added that the renovation of the two stations was left to the very end of the process because trains were turning around here during construction, but it is expected that the Lehel Square and Nagyvárad Square stations will be opened the morning of Monday, May 22, so that trains of the M3 metro will stop at all stations on the entire line from that afternoon.
The renovation of the M3 metro, the busiest railway line in the country, started in autumn 2017. During the renovation, the metro line’s infrastructure was completely renewed, including new tracks and sidings, replacement of safety equipment and insulation of the tunnels.
All stations have recently been given a new exterior and interior, and great emphasis has been placed on accessibility. This has included the installation of lifts and inclined lifts to enable people with reduced mobility to use the metro, and tactile signs to assist visually impaired people,” according to the statement.
Hungary’s busiest railway line carries 500,000 passengers a day. The entire development was jointly financed by the European Union, the Hungarian government, and the Municipality of Budapest. The total amount was 225 billion forints (600 million euros), of which 178 billion forints (475 million euros) was financed by the European budget and 40 billion (105 million euros) by the government as additional funding, Index reported in March.
via MTI, Featured image: Facebook/BKK – Budapesti Közlekedési Központ