Budapest Metro opens new automated underground Line 4

30 March 2014 (Last Updated March 30th, 2014 18:30)

Hungary’s Budapest Metro has opened its new underground Line 4, which is the first automated metro track in Central-Eastern Europe.

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Hungary's Budapest Metro has opened its new underground Line 4, which is the first automated metro route in Central-Eastern Europe.

Fifteen new Metropolis trainsets from Alstom have been put into operation on the 7.4km-long line connecting two of Budapest's railway junctions, including the Kelenföld Intermodal Station of Buda with the Eastern Railway Station of Pest.

The new Metropolis metro trainsets form part of Budapest's largest ever fleet modernisation and transportation development programme.

Alstom was contracted to deliver 37 Metropolis for both lines 2 and 4.

Alstom Europe senior vice-president Andreas Knitter said: "We are very proud to deliver this automated metro to the city of Budapest, the first one in Central-Eastern Europe. This shows our expertise in conceiving metros for any type of configuration, depending on the requirements of the customer.

"Citizens of Budapest have been using metros for more than a century and it was an interesting challenge for us to create a state-of-the-art metro that suits their needs."

"Citizens of Budapest have been using metros for more than a century and it was an interesting challenge for us to create a state-of-the-art metro that suits their needs."

The 15 new five-car Metropolis inaugurated for Line 4 are 80m-long and have the capacity to accommodate 810 passengers, including 164 seated.

The single spaced cars feature four external wide sliding doors on each side and are capable of running at a speed of 70kmph.

Budapest's new metro was designed in France and its traction system was manufactured in Hungary.

The carbody shells production and the actual assembly took place in Katowice, Poland.


Image: Metropolis trainsets - Budapest Metro - Line 4. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport/Premier Communications - Edit Apáti.