The Hungarian railway infrastructure manager MAV Zrt. has completed a first HUF 36 billion (EUR 113 million) phase of investments in developing railway infrastructure, modernisation of stations, level crossings and implementation of diagnostic tools. In December, the company successfully closed three major projects funded under the Transport Operational Program 2007-13 (KözOP): MÁV Zrt. Traffic safety projects, MÁV Zrt. Station development and integrated customer service development programme at 25 locations and Service quality improvement on no. 80 railway line.
As part of a nationwide program called Reach home safely!, the first stage of “MÁV Zrt. traffic safety projects” – HUF 5.8 billion – aims to reduce the risks of rail accidents at identified hot spots. Within the entire project project, 168 railway crossings are modernized (half barriers, light LED lights, event-driven cameras). MÁV is also installing rolling stock and track diagnostic systems – train detection, hot axle box (HABD), axle load sensors, pantograph monitoring system – at selected locations.
The “MÁV Zrt. station development and integrated customer service development program at 25 locations” project is creating national single windows and modernization of stations, which were previously left out of infrastructure development. The entire project contains renewal of ten main passenger station buildings and facilities, deployment of passenger information and ICT systems, surveillance and security camera systems. As part of station services, the project involves the creation of national governmental windows (administrative one-stop-shop, OSS) in 17 stations, with HUF 10.8 billion in government subsidies. The renovation of Pecs, Vac and Fuzesabony railway stations is already completed, the renovation of the stations in Kaposvar, Keszthely and Balatonszentgyörgy is ongoing and a public procurement procedure for national OSS development at the Budapest-Keleti and Budapest-Nyugati railway station is launched, as well as for the Tapolca station modernisation project.
Service quality improvement on no. 80 railway line Budapest – Hatvan – Miskolc – Nyíregyháza project worth HUF 14.4 billion has started modernization with cost-effective tools. The aim is to improve the level of service by meeting the standards of trans-European transport network railway lines and the freight corridors. In the later phase of the project ETCS will be installed. The modernisation of the right track of Budapest-Miskolc line for 120 kilometers per hour and the replacement of the poor stated catenary poles have also been finished. An additional objective was the elimination of bottlenecks and the improvement of service quality on Nagyút–Mezőkeresztes-Mezőnyárád route. As part of the second phase of the modernisation program (IKOP), the National Infrastructural Development Co. (Nemzeti Infrastruktura Fejleszto Zrt., NIF Zrt.) plans to modernise stations’ side tracks, turnouts and platforms in 2016.