According to Hungarian Railway (MÁV), the work area was handed over to the contractor on March 23, and construction is expected to last 11 months. Once it is done, passengers can buy tickets for domestic and international travel in one place. The station will be easily accessible by an escalator and elevator between the underpass and main departure area.
The investment, planned by MÁV experts and prepared in cooperation with the Budapest Development Center, is worth about HUF 1.6 billion and is being co-financed by the government and the European Union Cohesion Fund. The construction work is being carried out by HC Építő Kft. and Variabau Vegyesprofilú Építőipari és Kereskedelmi Kft.
The new passenger center will be below the platform level, with the complete reconstruction of the current domestic ticket desks and the area in front of these, more than 1,542 square meters in total. The 200–250 square meter customer area is connected to nine ticket offices and two customer service desks. There will also be a sales office where group travel can be arranged.
Róbert Homolya, President and CEO of MÁV Zrt., emphasized in the announcement that the first phase of the modernization of the Keleti Railway Station, which receives more than 30,000 passengers a day, began in 2019. The passenger areas were re-paved, an LED passenger info display wall was installed, lighting was modernized, and outdated buffets and pavilions were demolished. The railway track has also been renewed throughout the station.
Keleti’s roof is being renovated as well, and there will be further passenger traffic and accessibility improvements implemented over the summer. All work should be completed by the beginning of the school year.