Metro 4 – Budapest’s first fully automatic Metro

22 December 2009  •  Author(s): Gusztáv Klados, Project Director, DBR Project Directorate and John Larke, Contracts Manager, DBR Project Directorate

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a city of two million people situated on the banks of the River Danube. As well as being an important historical and cultural centre, Budapest was the location of the third metro system to be constructed in the world and the first one in continental Europe.

Existing metro lines

Metro 1 was opened by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1896 having been constructed using the cut and cover method by Siemens and Halske AG between 1894 and 1896. With its ornate, late 19th century style stations, the 3.7km line runs from north-east to south-west on the Pest side of the Danube under Andrássy Avenue, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Originally designed to carry 35,000 passengers a day, it now carries in excess of 100,000.

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