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Hungary: More than HUF 33 bn investments in increasing railway safety until 2017

The Hungarian-Austrian railway operator GYSEV Zrt. has completed the second phase of railway safety modernisation programmme. The HUF 2.2 bn cost of the program was aimed at improving the safety of railway level crossings and the electricity supply systems.

The Hungarian government will invest approximately HUF 20 billion for further railway safety enhancement projects in the coming years, stated Zsolt Becsey (deputy state secretary of transport) on the closing ceremony of the project, on 29th of October, 2015, in Sopron.

GYSEV completed the first phase of the railway safety enhancement last year. The budget was HUF 770 million. The railway company applied for obtaining more funding, considering the positive experience of the completed project.

During the second phase, light signalling devices have been installed in seven unsecured railway crossings, while for other 99 light signalling device were replaced with LEDs. In addition, obsolete signaling devices at ten locations have been replaced. Technicians extended the existing power systems at other six railway crossings.

“The National Transport Infrastructure Development Strategy – effective from last summer – classifies the safety development of railway network into high utility assets. We are going to increase railway safety until 2017 utilizing more than HUF 33 billion including the sources of Arrive home safely program’s first phase”, said Zsolt Becsey.

“We have successfully closed a large-scale development securing 85 percent of the crossings in our railway network. It’s an outstanding ratio in Europe. It’s another important data that all GYSEV crossings with light signalling devices were replaced with LED lights during the development allowing better visibility. I’m convinced that we have already prevented some serious accidents” – said Szilárd Kövesdi, CEO of GYSEV Ltd.

The railway safety project became effective after two separate contracts in the beginning of 2015. The total investment has been closed in this October.

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