Press Release: The EU invests in the modernisation of Budapest’s third metro line

€473.4 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested in the reconstruction of the entire line 3, the ‘blue line’, in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. This will provide better services to the more than half million users who use it daily. “Thanks to Cohesion policy funding, the inhabitants of Budapest and the tourists visiting this beautiful city will enjoy a modern and faster metro. That’s a concrete example of an EU that cares for the wellbeing of its citizens,” said Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu“I’m especially glad that the EU funding will contribute to making the entire line accessible to people with disabilities.” The tracks and rail fasteners are all going to be replaced, for faster and safer travel conditions. All 20 stations and the whole lighting system are going to be refurbished, for a more pleasant journey across the city. Running almost parallel with the Danube on the city’s Pest side, the metro line 3 spans 17 kilometres between the north and the south of Budapest. The works, which are ongoing and expected to be over by 2021, will improve the capacity of the line, allowing 13,000 additional passengers daily to trade their car rides for the metro. (For more information: Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615, Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

Source: European Commission

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