The Szent Gellért tér and Fővám tér stations of Budapest’s new metro line won the main prize of the architectural website Architizer.com in the Bus & Train Stations category.
Handed over on 28 March by Viktor Orbán and István Tarlós, Metro Line M4 has introduced a number of technical innovations, which are different from the other lines. Among others, the internal shaping of spaces, the ventilation and the passenger information display, full accessibility on the entire line, and the automatic train control and monitoring are quite different from the other lines. Following the handover, passengers could use the line free of charge over the weekend, and experts have already assessed the experiences of the opening weekend.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Budapest Mayor István Tarlós handed over the fourth metro line of the city. The public can use the over 7-km line linking the Kelenföld and the Keleti railway stations free of charge between midday Friday and until operation ends on Sunday.
It is almost unbelievable, but I can very well say, Metro Line 4 has at last been completed, and we can hand it over to the public of Budapest. The city has been long awaiting for this moment, longer than we would think, for over 40 years – as Viktor Orbán said in his hand-over speech.
Metro Line M4 is to start operation in the spring of 2014, which will mean another new, 21st-century level, underground link between Buda and Pest through the city centre. The aim of Budapest Municipality, Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) and BKV is to provide highest standard services to those travelling in the city. In the course of preparing, designing and constructing the new metro line of Budapest, we have complied with all requirements prescribed by law and competent authorities. Experts took measurements of noise and reverberation pollution before construction works began and during the test runs at several points, and their results proved that the noise and reverberation load of the new metro does not even approach the limits prescribed by law, including the areas where the alignment of Metro Line M4 is relatively close to the surface.
The last station of metro line M4, Kelenföld Railway Station, has received its completion certificate from the National Transport Authority, and so all stations are now ready for the Test in Traffic Operation. Before obtaining the temporary completion certificate for the entire line, the certificates for the stations and the depot had to be had, and the tunnels also have to following the on-going commissioning tests without passengers. Moreover, all the surface structures, roads and sewers built in connection to the stations have to be licensed. As a result of this complex licensing process, the National Transport Authority (NKH), the Budapest Government Office and the competent water authorities have issued 90% of the permits required.
The passengerless test operation (the so-called “white test”) supervised by the National Transport Authority (NKH) began early this morning, where the entire automatic system and the trains have to meet the safety criteria prescribed by the NKH and used in international practice in order that the Test in Traffic Operation (i.e. test operation with passengers) can commence at the end of March. During this roughly two-month period minor failings requiring fine-tuning might occur, but defects that might endanger passenger safety cannot, this being the precondition of issuing the completion certificate of the entire metro line.