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.
In order to obtain the temporary completion certificate for the start of the Test in Traffic Operation at the end of March, DBR Metro Project Directorate has to obtain a number of other permits and licences for the surface and sub-surface works completed from the various competent authorities involved. Apart from the commissioning of the line, this highly complex licensing procedure is the most important task of the project now. As a result of the good cooperation between the Budapest Municipality, Budapest Government Office, National Transport Authority and all other competent authorities involved and DBR Metro Project Directorate, the process is making good progress: there are already seven stations that have obtained not only the completion certificates but also all the related licences required.
As a a precondition of starting the Test in Traffic Operation, the National Transport Authority has issued the completion certificate of Fővám tér station of the new metro line, which has attracted international professional and media attention, and which is the ninth station ready to receive passengers. A new subway was built for the station, and a section of the square has been relieved of the traffic between the university and the Danube.
The National Transport Authority has issued the completion certificate for the Keleti Railway Station stop of Metro Line M4, too, which has created the theoretical possibility of passengers taking it into possession in March. The terminal of the line is one of the most important junctions in Budapest traffic, and so proportionate surface reinstatement works have been going on in Baross tér and the surrounding area. The completion of these is expected before the Test in Traffic Operation begins in March 2014.