Between 11 and 12 May 2015, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) hosted the annual conference of the Observatory of Automated Metros of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) where BKV and DBR experts were also invited to participate.
LAST STAGE OF SPECIAL TESTING PERIOD ON METRO LINE M4 BEGINS EXPERTS TO EXAMINE THE SYSTEM FOR TWO WEEKS IN PASSENGER OPERATION
Begun in mid-March, the special testing period where the automatic train control was tested with no train-attendant intervention first in the non-service areas of the terminuses and then without passengers on the entire line comes to its last stage. This third stage beginning on Monday 13 April 2015 will, for two weeks, examine the functioning of the system in passenger operation, i.e. how long it takes for the traffic controllers and station dispatchers to find and resolve any problems that might occur – modelling the ensuing full automatic operation of the line. The tests required for the final completion certificate mean that train attendants will remain on board but will intervene only after a given time elapses; it will be primarily the duty of dispatchers to resolve any problem that might occur. These tests will be carried out under the strictest safety supervision, yet minor disruptions might be expected in the two-week period.
DURING THE LAST WEEKEND OF MARCH, BUSES WILL REPLACE METRO LINE M4 DUE TO TESTS REQUIRED FOR THE FINAL COMPLETION CERTIFICATE
On Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 March 2015, Metro Line M4 will be out of service due to tests conducted by the transport authority, buses will replace M4 trains along the entire line, and the nos. 47 and 49 day trams will run twice as frequently as usual. Started in the middle of March along Metro Line M4, the special testing period with no train attendant intervention has come to its second stage.
As a surface-reinstatement part of the Metro Line M4 project, the construction of the new two-level junction on Budaörsi út has reached a new stage, and so, in order to commence building its diaphragm walls as soon as possible, the contractor has shifted the pedestrian overpass at Sasadi út by 20 metres in the direction of the city.
The twin stations of Metro Line M4 at Fővám tér and Gellért have won the 2015 Building of the Year Award in the Public Architecture category in the voting competition arranged by ArchDaily, a Spanish, Portuguese and British architecture website, bringing new international success to Hungarian architecture.
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.