From Monday afternoon, 20 March, the M3 metro line will be running on the entire line between Kőbánya-Kispest and Újpest-központ on weekdays, the Budapest Transport Center (BKK) announced. However, trains will not stop at two stations, Lehel tér and Nagyvárad tér, and replacement buses will remain on the weekend, reports Világgazdaság.
Budapest citizens can rejoice, as metro line M3 will soon be running on a full line again, but there are still some minor disruptions to the overall operation. One of these is that on weekends, the metro will only run between Újpest-központ and Göncz Árpád városközpont, with replacement buses still being needed on the rest of the metro line.
In the aforementioned Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér, works are still ongoing, so the metro will not stop at these stations. The renovation of the metro line, which has been in progress for five and a half years, is expected to be fully completed in May. BKK has pointed out that
after the reconstruction, the people of Budapest will have a brand new, completely barrier-free metro line.
Most recently, two renovated stops were inaugurated on the metro line in January. The renovation of these stations started in 2020, and cost around 20 billion forints (EUR 52.2 million), while the total renovation of metro line 3 will exceed 220 billion forints (EUR 574.5 million). The work was made more difficult by the fact that the metro had to be renovated while trains were running in sections.
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