The renovation works of Blaha Lujza Square have reached a new phase, as a result of which the busy public space in Budapest’s city centre can be reached again by car, bicycle and public transport. Here are the new design plans for the green Blaha Lujza Square.
The complete renovation of Blaha Lujza Square started in mid-July and will last until the end of 2022. The good news is that underpass insulation works with greater traffic restrictions at the intersection of Rákóczi Avenue and Grand Boulevard have been completed, so those travelling by car will be able to use the junction again with expanded traffic capacity from 18 September.
The expanded lane capacity includes two traffic lanes and one bus lane on Rákóczi Avenue and two lanes on Grand Boulevard in every direction.
In connection with this, significant changes will be introduced in inner Elizabeth Town. From Monday, the traffic calming pilot project will come into force, as a result of which those travelling by car will not be able to cross the entire length between Wesselényi Street and Dohány Street between the Small and Grand Boulevards.
According to the statement of the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK), following the lifting of the current traffic restriction at the junction and its immediate surroundings, further restrictions can only be expected by the end of November, during the autumn break. This is when the layer of the pavement at the junction will be fully completed.
Budapest City Hall shared the latest visual designs in a Facebook post yesterday. Based on this,
nearly 100 trees will be planted in the square, creating a wooded park environment for its visitors.
Swivel chairs will be placed in the square, which will evoke the old National Theater.
As Travelo reports, the mushroom fountain will be rebuilt in a renewed form, preserving the iconic meeting point, offering a visible water play to visitors and making the square’s microclimate more pleasant.
On Grand Boulevard, you can still get to the junction, using the alternative cycling routes in the direction of Rákóczi Square through Wesselényi Street – Klauzál Street – Márkus Emília Street – Stáhly Street – Somogyi Béla Street. Due to the expansion of the work area in Márkus Emília Street, it is possible to cross the sidewalk for a short section, so BKK asks pedestrians and cyclists to pay attention to each other.
Source: bkk.hu, travelo.hu