Since the renovation of the central segment of the M3 metro line in Budapest finished, a panoramic tram line returns today. Furthermore, BKK announced that the a Danube bank segment will be car-free each weekend from today. Below, you may read the details.
According to infostart.hu, 2M tram started operation because of the M3 metro revamp in November 2020. The line provided an alternative for passengers who could not use the underground in the past few years. Furthermore, since it commuted in some of the most beautiful parts of Budapest’s downtown, including the Parliament or the Danube bank, it was also a favourite of the tourists. The line partially joined tram lines number 2 and 24.
The good news is that the revamp of the M3 metro line will finish on 20 March. After that, Budapest’s most crowded subway will commute on the entire line between Kőbánya-Kispest and Újpest-Központ metro stations, though it will not stop on Nagyvárad Square and Lehel Square since the renovation work has not finished there yet. The other good news is that even though tram line 2M was created to provide an alternative during the metro renovation, it will not terminate operation, BKK, Budapest’s transport company, said.
Instead, it will serve Budapest citizens and tourists from 18 March under nr 23 between the Jászai Mari Square and the Keleti railway station. Interestingly, tram line nr 23 had been carrying passengers in Budapest since 1910. It ceased operation in December 2000 but returns to service today.
According to BKK, the Budapest Danube bank between the Margaret bridge and Közraktár Street is car-free again this weekend. The transport company opened that segment for pedestrians, cyclists, scooters, etc. Cars are not allowed to enter that segment from Saturday early morning until 11 PM on Sunday.
BKK wrote that the Danube bank opened for pedestrians last September for the first time. They promised to continue that “tradition”, so the Danube bank segment will be open for pedestrians each weekend from now on. As a result, you may be amazed by the wonders of Budapest downtown in a calm and healthy environment.
Source: BKK, infostart.hu
Excellent news about pedestrianizing the Pest side of the Danube River. They need to figure out the stretch between Szabadsag and Erzsebet bridges on the Buda side, too: The scooterati and especially cyclists tear down the sidewalk there like total a…….s and make walking next-to impossible. Fellow peds, who don’t know how to walk like normal human beings and make space for others coming from the opposite direction, don’t help things either!