Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said that the government has provided HUF 750 million for the preparation and planning of the development under the Modern Cities program.
Palkovics also discussed the development of the Székesfehérvár campus of the University of Óbuda. Of the HUF 1.5 trillion national university development package, HUF 30 billion will be used to establish a technology research center consisting of two departments — one located at the university and the other in Börgönd where aviation research and development will take place.
The minister mentioned that they had also agreed on transport issues, as an Ikarus electric bus is currently being tested in everyday traffic in Székesfehérvár. He noted that starting in 2022, big cities will only be able to use electric or emission-free buses.
Speaking about railway transport, Palkovics recalled that Székesfehérvár is also affected by the V0 railway freight ring, which connects Záhony to Győr. The planned railway line will connect large industrial centers and handle large-goods traffic between the East and West; it will also connect with the Budapest-Belgrade railway line.
Mayor András Cser-Palkovics indicated that they had also visited the Ikarus factory before the airport visit to view a newly developed electric healthcare screening bus, which will be able to function as a moving district doctor’s office and testing station. He said such a bus could be available in the city in the coming months.
The mayor emphasized that in the case of Börgönd Airport, the property and the company are already owned by the local government of Székesfehérvár, thanks to the government’s HUF 375 million support. Of the HUF 750 million now awarded, a concept plan, permits and a construction plan will be prepared for not just the airport but the industrial park as well along with its road/transport connections. This latter investment will be supported by separate state resources.