Exhibition commemorating the 1945 siege of Budapest opens in metro carriages
Budapest, Hungary. Exhibition commemorating the 1945 siege of Budapest opens in metro carriages. Photo: MTI

Gergely Karácsony, the lord mayor of the Hungarian capital, spoke about this in a radio interview and shared details about his plans concerning the creation of a universal parking system, car-free zones, and a so-called traffic jam fee he wants to introduce.

He said that the council of Budapest would like to raise wages for the employees of the BKV, and for that, there is enough money in the budget of Budapest. The rate of the increase will be around 8-10 pc. About his promise enabling children under 14 to travel on BKV for free, he said that it would cost a lot, but they would like to realise it, Index reported.

The reporter asked Mr Karácsony whether nominating István Vágó, a former Hungarian TV showman and a politician of the Democratic Coalition, to the supervisory board of the BKV contradicts his promise that Budapest will not fall prey to the opposition parties. The lord mayor said that Mr Vágó has the relevant experience and is not a member of the management of the company. He added that they would take 10 billion HUF as loan

for the reconstruction of the Chain Bridge, 

but they will not like to use the full sum (53 billion HUF) the former leadership demanded from the European Investment Bank because Budapest’s debt is already too high.

About the Biodome, he said that the city leadership is measuring the alternatives on how to finish it because its completion

needs a further 20 billion HUF,

but neither Budapest nor the government would like to finance the project.

He said that the diesel cars banned from Western cities have already started to flow into the Hungarian car market, so they would like to start a social debate about introducing a so-called traffic jam fee and creating low-emission zones in the city. He confirmed that

they plan to ban the cars from the Pest side embankments for a couple of weeks before August 20.

There, they plan to organise cultural events and would like to create a summer beach atmosphere.

Finally, he talked about creating a universal parking system in Budapest. On that issue, the city council already took the first steps.

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  1. I wouldn’t be happy to have either embankments of the Danube part in Budapest closed down, as most of the Tourist Hotel Ships berth there, mostly on the Pest side and we need this street to travel along with the tourist buses when we go on pick ups and drop offs to take or bring the guests from the sightseeing tours. (Most of these guests can not walk or take stairs so easyly as thery are on cruches or have a wheelchair or they are too old to go on a longer walk to reach the buses/coaches if they will be placed on a different spot.) So, it will surly effect most of the River Cruises in the season. (Which is also the case when we have any maratons or other closing downs events for few days, the city tourism is dead, because not everyone can walk, not to speak about the time it takes to walk when the programmes are planed on a shorter time limit.) Not to mention the fact, that this is one of the most important driving routs on the Pest side, where one can get along in a normal way even when it is crawded with cars at rush times, because there are only few trafficlights one has to survive and than you can drive on leaving out the big traffic-jams of the city. Besides this embankment has a wonderful panorama view of the Buda side. So I am quite angry hearing about this ‘closing downs’ on my favourit rout where I also like to take my guests even if they are not from the River Cruises or when I drive along on my own. The closing downs will kill our river tourism for sure and will get the city more crawded for those weeks, which are already full of traffic-jams and not just at rush hours.

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