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It is a warm work

One can see really spectacular workflows on the northern section, such as installing the escalators, removing some parts of the superstructure at Temesvár street, or renewing the ventilation system.

Among some remarkable as well as meticulously executed tasks you can see the delivery and placement of hundreds of meters of railway tracks from which a written and also a video report was made. However it has not yet been said what happens with the railway tracks after they were placed on the spot.

University students visited the reconstruction sites of the metro

BKV Zrt. Metro Renovation Project Directorate (MFPI) organized a visit for university students for the request of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology, as the latter is the Managing Authority of the Project itself (since it is EU funded), thus the officials intended to share some knowledge about the reconstruction within the Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (IKOP).

How to transport more than 400 meters of railways at one time to the stations?

During the reconstruction of metro line M3, a new, modern track structure will be built. The transport of the railways requires precise and meticulous organization, since the 108-meter-long elements are carried to the destination at once. It is quite difficult to imagine a 108-meter long rail, for example, if it were to stand next to the Hungarian Parliament building, it would overtop that exactly 12 meters above the highest point.

Developments about the reconstruction

As we previously reported, there are spectacular changes in numerous work processes affected by the reconstruction.

Implementation of these tasks require high level of work time, schedule. As a result of the construction materials, tools, equipments transported to the area, as well as the completion of the required work, significant progress can be noted in several places and phases of work.

Why is it necessary to close the whole section of metro line M3 after weekday’s peak times and at the weekends - during the other renovations scheduled to summer break also?

The reconstruction of metro line M3 is the major project of Budapest since last year’s November. Organizing and executing the required works is a difficult and comlex logistical task, since the only permanent surface connection of the metro situated at the Kőér utca vehicle depot, what lies at the southern end of the 17 km long line.

Installing the control system of the metro

In our last report the ongoing reconstruction works was the main topic, however as for novadays it can be stated that on the northern section the stationary dispatcher rooms (ÁDI) are in the most advanced state based on their completion. With the support of the other technical areas (such as the track-telecommunication rooms) linked to the central dispatchers, will be an essential part of the renewing control system of metro line M3.

Modelling the metro

In the reconstruction of metro line M3 - like every complex processes and procedures - certain order must set for the different workphases. Before the spectacular demolition and building, plans must be made by measuring and modelling the stations; these are also key factors for the whole project.

 

Accessibility on metro line M3

A couple of weeks ago on the 25th of May the General Assembly of Budapest voted in favour to make all 20 stations of metro line M3 accessible. On the 10th of May István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest and Ágnes Kovács chairman of the National Federation of Disabled Persons’ Associations (MEOSZ) held a press conference where they signed an agreement of the accessibility of the metro line.

Reconstruction in the foreground

As we previously reported demolitions were exchanged by reconstruction works in many areas of metro line M3; however plenty of these happened in those sections what won’t be visible for the ridership even after the works are finished, such as reshaping the service areas, replacing the public utilities.

Machines and men

As for every grand-scale reconstruction - just like the ongoing works at metro line M3 - besides the experts, specialized machines are needed to take part in the different phases of work.

Reconstruction in the background

During the works all the areas of metro line M3 will be renewed, meaning that currently the works are happening not just in the tunnel but in those areas as well what are resctricted to the ridership. There were many changes (regulational ones also) since the first subway cars put into operation back in the seventies. The service areas in the background will be refurbished according to the renewed directives.

Why is it necessary to close the whole section of metro line M3 besides weekdays peak times and on the weekends?

Reconstructing the metro line is a special task since there is only one ground connection available (at Kőér utca vehicle depot) to move in and out all the machines, tools, materials and to transport the debris. When it is time for metro replacement buses to swap the subway cars, all the flat wagons begin their daily routine under the ground by transporting in the construction materials.

Up and down

Underground works are going on with the same speed. Experts and various machines spectacularly reshaping both the image of the stations, the service areas and those places with the machinery equipment as well. But what about the works above ground in the meantime?

Just like a film set...

You can hardly compare the metro stations with their former self now that they are under reconstruction. Removal of cladding, reshaping the service areas put a really distinctive mark on the image of the stations. You could easily imagine yourself in a film set - if it wouldn’t be obvious where were the photos taken.

Cable clutter

There are many areas in metro line M3 where even in its operational days only the experts and members of the maintenance staff are allowed to enter.

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