The renovation and expansion of Budapest’s HÉV rapid suburban railway line network has been launched with the invitation of a number of European Union tenders, state secretary for developments in the capital and environs Balázs Fürjes said on Monday.
Dávid Vitézy, who heads the Budapest Development Centre (BFK), which is implementing the project in a consortium with MAV-HEV, said the tenders involve planning for the renovation of the H6 and H7 HEV lines in the south of the capital as well as the extension of the H7 line.
The plan is to connect the H6 and H7 lines as they approach the capital’s inner districts and extend the joined line, underground, to Kálvin Square, where the number 3 and number 4 metro lines intersect, he said.
The H5 HÉV line in the north of the city will also get an upgrade, he added.
A feasibility study will be conducted on the construction of a tunnel under the Danube connecting the H6 and H7 lines with the H5 line.
Vitézy said the project could double the number of people who commute by rail from the suburbs into the capital.