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Renovated Southern Section of M3 Metro Handed Over on Thursday – PHOTOS!

Fanni Kaszás 2020.10.21.

The renovated section of the M3 metro between Kőbánya-Kispest and Nagyvárad tér will be handed over to commuters in Budapest on Thursday, October 22nd at 5 pm. The most spectacular change will be the four rebuilt stations; but the tunnel spaces, the track network, the railway and safety equipment, the information elements and the electronic network of the metro line have also been renewed.

After the handover, the M3 metro will run on the entire line, but it will still not stop at the previously closed stations in the middle section (Arany János utca, Ferenciek tere, Corvin-negyed, and Semmelweis Klinikák). These stations can only be reached by the M30 station replacement bus between Népliget and Kálvin tér or other alternative lines. Commuters can still travel on the bus services offering an alternative route for the southern section as well. The Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) will not stop these lines until the whole renovation is completed.

photo: Bence Horváth, Júlia Vincze, BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate

Reconstruction of the M3 metro line will continue in the middle section, about which BKK and BKV will provide detailed information later.

Renovation work on the southern line section of the M3 metro began in April 2019. The four stations of the M3 metro, Határ út, Pöttyös utca, Ecseri út and Népliget, have been completely renovated and given a modern visual, and thanks to their LED lighting they have not only become brighter, but also more energy-efficient.

photo: Bence Horváth, Júlia Vincze, BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate

In addition to the stations, the entire line’s infrastructure has been renewed, including the spaces outside the stations, the tracks, the railway, the safety and ventilation equipment, the mechanical system, and the passenger information elements.

photo: Bence Horváth, Júlia Vincze, BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate

The modernization will continue with the implementation of full accessibility so that by the end of 2021, the renovated stations will be available to everyone. The lifts have already been completed at Határ út and Népliget stations and will soon be available to the traveling public, and the preparatory works are currently underway at Pöttyös utca and Ecseri út stations.

photo: Bence Horváth, Júlia Vincze, BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate

In the epidemiological situation, a lot of construction works stopped nationwide in the first half of 2020, but the renovation of the M3 metro line was carried out continuously in accordance with strict regulations, so that those traveling in Budapest could travel again on the southern section of the line as soon as possible.

photo: Bence Horváth, Júlia Vincze, BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate

featured photo: Bence Horváth, Júlia Vincze, BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate