Under one of its last tenders for the current EU budget period, the European Networking Facility (CEF) will help fund five Hungarian projects.
The most significant of these, an investment of nearly HUF 19 billion, is the acceleration of the railway connection between Budapest and Vienna with central traffic management and other system developments on the Hungarian (Kelenföld – Hegyeshalom) section of the route. The planned improvements will reduce travel times by a quarter of an hour and expand the timetable to the Austrian capital and Western Europe.
Another supported project is the establishment of safe truck parking lots in the vicinity of the M5 – M43 motorway junction with 131 places and in Kiskunfélegyháza with 171 places next to the M5 motorway; the deployment of the SESAR program with the help of the Hungarian air traffic controller, HungaroControl; and the development of ETCS Baseline 3 on-board unit prototypes for Siemens locomotives (Vectron/Smartron) operating on the TEN-T network in Hungary.
According to the statement by László Mosóczi, Secretary of State for Transport Policy, Hungary won a total of HUF 362 billion in CEF support for its 57 transport development projects.
Developments worth a total HUF 670 billion in Hungary include the quadrupling of the M15 and M70 motorways, the construction of the monastery bridge over the Danube in Komárom, and the modernization of the Kelenföld – Százhalombatta – Pusztaszabolcs and Rákos – Hatvan railway line sections.
“We can also build on the successful participation of the Hungarian tender in the next EU budget period, in which the resources of the European Network Financing Instrument will be available again,” Mosóczi added.