János Lázár, the minister for construction and investment, talked in a business meeting about the importance of good transport in social development. That is when he mentioned how many trains delay in Hungary every day. The number he shared is shockingly high.
According to 24.hu, Lázár said that the length of railway lines in Hungary exceeds 8,500 kilometres. However, a speed limit is on more than 50 percent of the system, while that rate is only 15 percent in Austria. Furthermore, he added, Hungarian trains delay 150-200 hours every day, making public transport impossible.
He said Budapest would get help, but would like to end the era of Budapest-centered developments. “The country needs to be put on rails”, he said. As a brand new idea, he talked about introducing county season tickets following the pattern of the Budapest season ticket. That version allows passengers to travel on 40-45 thousand lines for only HUF 9,500 (EUR 23.15) per month in Budapest.
He also highlighted the following projects of highest priority:
- the development of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line,
- building the V0 railway around Budapest,
- the renewal of the entire HÉV system,
- and establishing a fast train connection between Budapest and Cluj Napoca (Kolozsvár, Romania).
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