After the decision of the international – Bosnian, Romanian and Austrian – pre-jury, Metro Line M4 was qualified into the finals and achieved fourth place at the competition event called “The Architectural Prize of the Media”. Concurrently, Szent Gellért tér station is running eighth in an on-going open international webpage vote, where the most beautiful metro stations are grouped.
LANES TO BE SHIFTED AND SPEED LIMITED IN THE ROAD SECTIONS CONCERNED
The construction of the new junction on Budaörsi út as a surface part of the Metro Line M4 Project has reached a new phase. After preparations begun in August 2014, the development continues with the construction of temporary lanes and major utility diversions as of 26 October. The construction goes on until December 2015, during this time, at peak hours, road traffic will be maintained in 2x3 lanes, but they will be shifted and narrowed, and speed limited to 50 kph.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW JUNCTION ON BUDAÖRSI ÚT BEGINS AS A SURFACE PART OF THE METRO LINE M4 PROJECT
Following over a decade of preparation, professional negotiations, design and real-estate settlement, the construction of a new, two-level junction on Budaőrsi út can commence. The work is part of the Metro Line M4 project, and will make reach easier to the Kelenföld intermodal junction and thus Metro Line M4. As a result of the development, public transport will have an advantage, and a new, accessible pedestrian and bicycle link will be established between Sasad, Őrmező and Etele tér. The construction budget is HUF 7.2 billion, and will be implemented in three phases by December 2015 according to plans. Though deviations are to be expected in several phases during the construction, vehicle traffic will be maintained in spite of the great volume of the works.
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.