Southern section of M3 metro line to be opened on 22 October

Hungarian version of the article: Október 22-én adják át a 3-as metró déli szakaszát

October 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Renovation of the section began in April 2019 and was completed recently. Four stations of the line have been rebuilt. Its tunnels renewed, the track network, signals and safety systems modernised, alongside passenger information and other electrical systems. The renovated metro section will be opened to the public at 5 pm on 22 October. Following the opening the metro will again run the full length of the line but not stop at its central stations: Semmelweis klinikák, Corvin Negyed, Ferenciek tere and Arany János utca.

BKK has announced that the renovated southern section of the M metro line will be opened on 22 October 2020.

Detail of the renovated station: Pöttyös utca (Photo: BKV Zrt.)

The release details that renovation on the southern section of the line began in April 2019.

As a result, the stations Határ út, Pöttyös utca, Ecseri út and Népliget have received a new, modern design, been made more comfortable, safer, and not only brighter, but more energy efficient, due to their new LED-based lighting.

However, the most important elements of the reconstruction are those less visible to the general public but vital to safe transportation. The entire track infrastructure, off-station spaces, signals, safety and ventilation systems have been replaced, as well as the passenger information solution.

Lift and stairs at the renovated Népliget station (Photo: BKV Zrt.)

Work to ensure the stations are accessible to those with limited mobility are ongoing

The release highlights that the modernisation of the southern section has not been completed. Work to ensure that all stations on the M metro line are easily accessible by all will continue until the end of 2021. BKK added that original plans had only included improving the accessibility of certain stations. However, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the City Council on 19 April 2018 expanded the plans and ordered that all stations on the line be made accessible to those with limited mobility.

Lift installations have been completed at Határ út and Népliget stations and will be opened to the general public soon. Similar work at Pöttyös utca and Ecseri út stations is currently in a preparatory phase.


Unique benches and wall patterns in Határ út station (Photo: BKV Zrt.)

Replacement bus services remain

On the afternoon of 22 October 2020, the M3 metro will again run along the entire line. However, previously closed stations of the central section (Arany János utca, Ferenciek tere, Corvin-negyed, Semmelweis Klinikák) will remain closed. Trains will drive through these without stopping, and access will be provided by replacement bus services, including the M30 bus between Népliget and Kálvin Square.

Alternative bus transport routes on the southern section will remain available.

Renovation of the central section of the metro line is to begin shortly. BKK will provide information on the schedule and service changes at a later date.

Source: BKK

Cover photo: Visual design of the renovated Pöttyös utca station (Source: BKK)

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