Renovation of Metro line 3

Matea Uhlik Vidović, 21.09.2016.
The city of Budapest has called a tender for the renovation of the M3 metro line.  Line M3 is the longest line of Budapest Metro and it runs in a north-south connection parallel to the Danube on the Pest side of the city. Apart from the southern terminus Köbánya-Kispest, all stations are underground. The tender has been delayed for months because of questions over funding as well as substitute buses that will operate along the line while it is upgraded.


Fig. 1 Route map

Originally, the renovation on the M3 line should start in November of this year but the start is prolonged to February or March 2017, and the buses for the substitute service must arrive by mid-February. The renovation would be completed in spring of 2020 or possibly at the end of 2019. Budapest Mayor István Tarlós said the renovation of the metro line could cost around EUR 450 million. The mayor noted that at this time it is not known how much grant money the capital would receive from the European Union for the project, but any shortfall would be covered by the Hungarian government.
In detail, first tender is postponed from the 15.09.2016 until 23.09.2016. The open invitation to tender for the refurbishment of the Dozsa Gyorgy ut – Ujpest-Kozpont section of Line 3 in Budapest. Another one is postponed from 15.09.2016 to 29.09.2016 and is open invitation to tender for the refurbishment of the Nagyvarad ter - Lehel ter section of the same Budapest Line number 3.