Today, if it rains, one should not close their umbrella when arriving at the Western Railway station in Budapest because its roof is so leaky that we are likely to become wet even under it. The situation is getting worse for decades even though this is one of the most crowdy railway stations of Budapest.
An association posted this video in 2014, and the situation has only got worse since then:
According to g7.hu, the owner of the building promised to renew it many times, but nothing happened for years. Now, they would like to restore the roof and the glass elements of the facade. Two companies sent their applications for the work, and the Magyar Építő Ltd. won. They are going to do it for 9 billion HUF (EUR 25.65M), 500 million HUF less than government-close entrepreneur Lőrinc Mészáros’s Fejér B.Á.L. would have done.
The Hungarian Railways published the relevant public procurement last year in which they cleared that they would like to renew the roof of the McDonald’s, the cash desk hall and the railway station. Furthermore, six smaller tower roofs will be restored as well, and they will rebuild the rainwater system and the glass elements of the walls on both sides of the station. Based on the project announcement, 1,800 square metres of glass will be restored, but it is important that the building is a monument so the executor must be extremely careful.
According to Róbert Homolya, President and CEO of MÁV, they received money from the EU for the project.
Interestingly, Magyar Építő Ltd has not won a public procurement for long. For the last time, they got some auxiliary construction works related to the 2020 European Championships together with Mészáros’s Záév Ltd. The company was owned by László Szíjj who was taken a photo together with MÁV-leader Róbert Homolya on a luxury yacht in 2018. However, Szíjj sold the Magyar Építők Ltd already in 2017, and the purchaser was Attila Paár who does business together with István Tiborcz, son-in-law of the Hungarian PM, Viktor Orbán. Since then, they have won 40 billion HUF (EUR 114 million) on public procurements.