Dávid Vitézy started the project when leading the Budapest Transport Centre (Budapest Közlekedési Központ – BKK). The development connecting metro line M2 and the Gödöllő HÉV will be taken over by the Budapest Development Centre, which is currently headed by Vitézy.
“This morning, we signed the contract: we took over from BKK the preparations for the development of metro line 2 and the HÉV in Gödöllő,” Vitézy announced on his Facebook page. The contract was signed on behalf of BKK by Katalin Walter, the CEO.
The aim is to connect metro line M2 to the H8 and H9 HÉV.
An agreement must be reached with the municipality of Budapest and the 10th, 14th, and 16th district governments. The plans should be completed by 2023. Renovation works may begin at the earliest thereafter. The project to connect the metro to the suburban area was launched under his leadership between 2012 and 2015. The government allocates HUF 4.6 billion of EU money for further planning and the preparation of the investment, writes hvg.hu.
The estimated value of the total investment was HUF 300 billion in 2015. However, in March 2021, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, mentioned only HUF 200 billion. Gulyás added that there was a realistic chance that the project would be implemented in the EU financial cycle between 2021 and 2027. With the establishment of the project, there will be non-transfer, fast, fixed-track access between the centre of Budapest, the outer districts, and Csömör, Gödöllő, Kistarcsa, Kerepes, and Mogyoród, writes budapestkornyeke.hu.
At Örs Vezér Square, the current metro line would be connected to the HÉV.
The biggest part of the investment would be to connect the two lines, make the stops accessible, and procure vehicles. As part of the project, the stops would be equipped with P+R parking and bicycle storage. Renovated stops would not necessarily replace the old ones but would be built where most people live or where they can be reached by most people. The current line was built back in 1888 when the area was still almost uninhabited. Because of this, the location of the stops and the needs of the people may not overlap.
Source: hvg.hu, budapestkornyeke.hu