Hungary has signed the European Union’s grant agreement for the feasibility study of a new railway tunnel in Budapest, connecting Kelenföld and Nyugati Railway Station.
According to Dávid Vitézy, the CEO of Budapest Development Centre, “this is a significant milestone, even if we know that we have many, many years of work ahead of us to realise it.”
In Budapest and its surroundings, two-thirds of carbon dioxide emissions are linked to road traffic.
“The sustainable alternative can only be track-based transport and the development of the railways coming from the suburbs. This requires significantly more capacity and better service,” commented Dávid Vitézy.
As Hungarian news portal Portfolio reports, several instances of railway development have been announced these days (Újszász, Lajosmizse, Veresegyháza), the goal of which is to allow more frequent services, but this is also dependent on the expansion of the capacity of the Nyugati Railway Station and the tracks leading there.
More suburban trains require larger head stations or the transition to a connected station system instead of a dead-end-like operation – which is why the plan to build a railway tunnel under the Danube came up again.
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