László Papp (Fidesz-KDNP) said that the development of transport in and around Debrecen opens up new opportunities for economic development. As a result of the HUF 55 billion railway development, an 11.6-kilometer section will be renewed along with the city’s northwestern economic zone, which will house Debrecen’s main station. Plus, the future BMW car factory will be expanded, Papp added.
Thanks to the railway shipment and truck terminal in the northwestern economic zone, Debrecen can become the logistics center for eastern Hungary or even a logistics center for all of Central Europe due to the industrial park’s network of more than 1,000 hectares.
Tamás Nyiszter, Deputy Chief Investment Officer of MÁV Zrt., reported that the Hungarian Railway (MÁV), in cooperation with NIF Zrt., actively participates in the improvement of transportation in the region. The strategic plans include the development of the Debrecen-Eger interregional connection, the improvement of the approach to Lake Tisza, and the extension of railway line 106 all the way to Oradea.
Zoltán Nyul, Deputy Chief Investment Officer of the National Infrastructure Development company (NIF) emphasized that the investment will also help improve the quality and safety of railway transport by rebuilding the railway line and renewing superstructures in addition to providing a modern railway connection to the economic zone.
The project will rebuild the Debrecen-Macs section of the 108 railway line to achieve an hourly track speed of 80-100 km/hr, while the Szolnok-Debrecen railway line will be able to accommodate an hourly track speed of 160 km/hr and the railway infrastructure will be improved to carry a 22.5-ton axle load. A second track will also be built next to the existing one between the Debrecen and Tócóvölgy stations.
The investment is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.