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Budapest’s Iconic Chain Bridge To Undergo Renovation Under Fresh Plans

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2016.05.20.

Budapest mayor István Tarlós has announced plans to renovate the city’s iconic Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) and remodel the infamous Blaha Lujza tér, one of the capital’s busiest transport hubs, in central Budapest.

Speaking at an event held by AmCham, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, Mr. Tarlós said the Buda Castle tunnel was also a contender for renovation and plans are to revamp the cog-wheel railway, extending it to the newly-renovated Széll Kálmán tér in one direction and all the way to Normafa, a popular excursion spot in the Buda Hills, in the other.

fogaskereku-gyongyvirag-utBuda’s cog-wheel railway, or public transport line no. 60, has been running since 1874

The Chain Bridge and tunnel reconstruction is estimated to cost 18 billion forints, the Blaha Lujza tér project 1.5 billion and the cog-wheel line extension some 23 billion, he said, adding that all projects would be carried out with a loan from the European Investment Bank which the government had approved.

32756830Blaha Lujza tér, at the intersection of Rákóczi út and the city’s main ring road, has a reputation for crime and homelessness. That’s hoped to change as a result of the much-needed renovation project

Another project on the list of EU- supported investments is one to build a new waste management and sludge incinerator works. Concerning the capital’s newest metro line M4, handed over to the public in March 2014, the mayor said that passengers’ use of the line is “not yet satisfactory” but this is expected to rise when parallel services are made less frequent. On the subject of a congestion charge in the city centre, he said its introduction was “inevitable”. “If we don’t introduce it by the end of 2017 there’ll be big trouble,” he added.

IMG_7500kAnother notorious eyesore, Széll Kálmán tér, has been handed over just weeks ago following a HUF 5.3bn transformation

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