The downtown M3 metro stations will open in May with sloping lifts

Hungarian version of the article: Ferde pályás liftekkel nyílnak meg májusban az M3-as metró belvárosi állomásai

February 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM

The three stations of the M3 metro line, Kálvin Square, Corvin and Semmelweis Clinics, will open in May. For the first time in Hungary, sloping tracks will be built on this metro line, which will provide passengers with easier transport at a total of six stations, the other three stops will be Ferenciek square, Arany János street and Nyugati railway station.

During the renovation works of the M3 metro, the accessibility of the subway stations in the city center was the biggest challenge of the metro renovation, writes Budapesti Közlekedési Vállalat (BKV) Zrt.  

On the renewed metro line, sloping track lifts will be built, which will be operated by BKV Zrt. Based on the proposals of the Metro Renovation Project Directorate, equal transport will be provided at six stations: in addition to Kálvin square, Corvin negyed and Klinikák station, in Ferenciek square, at Arany János street station and at Nyugati railway station. 

Three downtown sections of the metro line will open in May (photo: Zoltán Balogh / MTI)

The device, which is being used more and more often all over the world, will be the first in Hungary to be used by the passengers of Metro 3. The sloping elevators will run in the escalator shaft, right next to the stairs.

Zoltán Kurucz, the designer of the sloping elevators, said in the video of BKV Zrt. He also talked about the elevator being able to accommodate eight people at a time or a wheelchair and his attendant. The elevator will move at the same speed as the escalator. According to his information, the operation of the sloping track elevator is “almost 100 percent identical” to that of the Budavár cable car. These kinds of slopes are only in Stockholm and New York in the metro. Swedish, Greek and French experts are also participating in the construction in Budapest, added Zoltán Kurucz.


Cover photo: Passengers of the M3 metro line can use the sloping lifts for the first time in Hungary (photo: BKV)

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