The next most important joint Hungarian-Slovak transport project is the construction of a high-speed railway connecting Budapest, Pozsony (Bratislava) and Warsaw, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday.
The new rail line would reduce travel time between Budapest and Warsaw to five and a half hours from the current 11-12 hours while the trip from Budapest to Bratislava would be cut to an hour and a half, Szijjártó told reporters ahead of the inauguration of a new bridge spanning the Danube between Hungary and Slovakia near Komárom, northern Hungary.
The Hungarian section of the line would run from Budapest to Győr in the northwest, he said, adding that talks are ongoing on whether it should cross into Slovakia between Győr and Dunaszerdahely (Dunajská Streda) or at Rajka.
The investment will allow central Europe’s economic growth to enter “a completely new dimension”, Szijjártó said, noting that the high-speed railway would be the first in the region.
The rail line would run on its own tracks and would be suitable for trains up to a speed of 350 km/h, he said.
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