(MTI) – The Budapest transport company BKV will bill Siemens for the extra costs caused by delays in coordinating the operation of the new Alstom trains running on metro line no. 2 and Siemens’ safety equipment, business daily Vilaggazdasag said today.
During the test runs, the doors of carriages sometimes opened or closed at the wrong place or wrong time, the train stopped elsewhere than expected or passed through the station with neither the control system, nor the driver being able to stop it.
Siemens said the test runs are part and parcel of similar project contracts.
Since September 4, the trains have run altogether 96,620 kilometres without passengers, for a total period of 407.5 hours, BKV said.
Test runs with passengers started at noon on Sunday and are expected to last for a year, the paper said.
Metro no. 2, Budapest’s first deep-running underground line, was opened in 1970.