The mayor of Budapest Mr István Tarlós announced that the open tender for the modernisation of 220 EV3 metro cars, of a total number of 250 composing the fleet of Metro 3, will be launched in the next couple of weeks. The municipality expects the fleet to be modernised by 2016, at an estimated cost of estimated at HUF 60-65 billion (approximately EUR 190 – 230 million).
The government has not yet taken a decision in regarding the financing of HUF 100 bn (EUR 321 million) necessary for Metro 3 reconstruction works. Last month, the tender for planning work for the reconstruction of the line was awarded by the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) to the Hungarian company Főmterv, a contract worth HUF 1.8 bn, of which HUF 635 million are funded by the European Union.
The rebuilding of Line 3 line, the longest and most busiest line in Budapest, is expected to be completed by 2019.