Hungary’s National Infrastructure Development Company (NIF) has published a tender for the feasibility study and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for the extension of Ráckeve H6 (regional railway network) and Csepel H7, Budapest suburban rail lines. Titled “Preparation of the integration of Ráckeve H6 and Csepel H7 into the metropolitan rail network”, the tender’s goal is to determine how to integrate the 46 km-long southern suburban (HÉV) lines into the metro network, informs local press. Interested companies are expected to submit bids until 13/04/2017.
According to their plan, the Csepel HÉV would be brought to the underground Kálvin tér. This means that the new metro – also called rapid transit in the plans – would go through Csepel-Szigetcsúcs, the National Theater and passengers could board Metro Line 3 and 4 at Kálvin tér. The construction works are expected to begin in 2019.
In time, the line could be directed to Astoria. Previous plans mentioned that it could go through the whole city and stop at Liszt Ferenc tér, Nyugati Railway Terminal or Lehel tér through Szent István park on Margitsziget, then connect to HÉV Békásmegyer. The first section could be built for 100 billion HUF if low-cost, simple stations are built similar to Metro Line 3.
Dorner Lajos, director of Urban and Suburban Transit Association (VEKE) said that by bringing Csepel HÉV underground they would catch up by 60 years, but it is still too early to talk about Metro Line 5. But in case something is built in Southern Pest, Csepel, it should be connectable to the network, if enough funds are given.
Originally, the rapid transit line of Csepel was supposed to reach Kálvin tér, but due to lack of funds, it has stopped at the surface of Boráros tér. The connection point was built in Kálvin tér, Metro Line 3, but Metro Line 4 was connected instead. The only space for a new tunnel would be underneath the line, which means that the new underground HÉV, the section of Metro Line 5 must be brought deep underground.