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New Freight Rail Line Bypassing Budapest Set to Be Built

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.04.20.

Hungary’s government has launched a call for a feasibility study for a new freight rail line bypassing Budapest, the daily Magyar Nemzet said on Tuesday.

The so-called V0 railway line which would link Győr in the west with the city of Cegléd, in central Hungary, is being built to reduce the traffic load on Budapest’s southern railway bridge, the paper said.

Trains on the electrified line would be able to travel at speeds of 120-160kph.

Heated Parliamentary Debate on Budapest-Belgrade Railway Mega-project
Heated Parliamentary Debate on Budapest-Belgrade Railway Mega-project

On Wednesday, the Budapest-Belgrade railway line was the main topic in the National Assembly. As the project is one of the most debated governmental investments, it brought tense debate and completely opposing points of views. The refurbishment of the Budapest–Belgrade railway was decided by Orbán’s administration back in 2014. According to the plans, the 350 km high-speed rail […]Continue reading

The invitation for the feasibility study comes after the European Commission’s call on member states in last year’s “sustainable and smart mobility strategy” to double rail freight traffic by 2050.

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