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People loved the Metro Festival

Two days, seven venues, lots of fun: that's what the relaunch festival of the revamped M3 metro was like. The capital, which celebrates its 150th birthday this year, brought the five years of transfers, replacement buses, escalators and waiting to a close with a special two-day event called Metro Festival, which took place on 15 and 16 June at the reconstructed metro stations. The Metro Festival welcomed all metro passengers with concerts, an exhibition, stand-up comedy and a playground.

The M3 metro line reconstruction is completed

Lehel tér and Nagyvárad tér will be open to passengers in the early afternoon of 22 May. The two last stations to be reconstructed are stations of special structure and importance on the M3 metro line. The reconstruction of both stations started on 14 May 2022, so they had to be renovated inside and out in one year. During the reconstruction of the M3 metro line, partial maintenance of passenger traffic was ensured throughout, as trains turned around at these two locations.

This is how the M3 metro runs at weekends

The reconstruction of metro line M3 will soon be completed, with the country's busiest railway line expected to be completed in two months' time, in May. From 20 March, trains will be running again on weekdays on the entire line between Kőbánya-Kispest and Újpest-központ, but they will not stop at Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér because the stations are still being renovated.

Orange barcode and turquoise leaves – the architectural concept of Nyugati pályaudvar and Arany János utca metro stations

Nyugati pályaudvar and Arany János utca metro stations were opened in December 1981, so they were renewed after 42 years of the reconstruction inside and out. The change, which is also noticeable to the passengers, is the modern appearance of the passenger areas.

On 20 March, two more stations will be opened on metro line M3

The reconstruction of metro line M3, which has been in progress for more than 5 years, is nearing completion. Two months after the Deák Ferenc tér and Ferenciek tere stations were opened, the blue metro is back in the city centre's traffic circulation, as two more stations, Arany János utca and Nyugati pályaudvar, will be connected to the passenger traffic. Between Újpest-központ and Kőbánya-Kispest, trains will be running again from 20 March on the entire line, with the metro not yet stopping at Lehel tér and Nagyvárad tér stations.

Perhaps most people think of the transfers and traffic disruption of the M3 metro line, while almost 3,500 people have been working on the complete reconstruction of the huge underground complex, with partial subway service. Four stations are still under construction.

Downtown smoke tests on video

Smoke tests are being carried out at all the stations about to be handed over to check the efficiency of the new heat and smoke extraction system. During the test run, which lasts for days, the most critical fire area of each station is tested. The test then concluded with an official smoke test in the presence of representatives of the railway authority and the fire safety authority.

New fire protection system for the blue metro

The reconstruction of metro line M3 will include a modern, active fire protection system to ensure a high level of safety and security. The new equipment will be used for fire detection, fire extinguishing, fire containment, heat and smoke extraction, and the station's operational areas will be separated from the passenger areas as a separate fire compartment, with non-combustible materials used for the built-in cladding and decorative elements.

Platform Gap Filler, another innovative solution for accessibility

During the reconstruction of the infrastructure of metro line M3, we are paying special attention to creating conditions for equal access. Due to the characteristics of the blue metro line, the possibilities for conventional solutions are limited, which is why BKV Zrt. is open to innovative ideas and is examining examples from abroad.

M3 metro reconstruction – Works during the summer closure

The reconstruction of metro line M3 is entering its final phase, with trains running on the entire line from spring 2023. Soon, on 15 August, the eight-week-long track closure between the Göncz Árpád városközpont and the Kőbánya-Kispest stations will end. During the closure, work is carried out on a longer-term basis, requiring a permanent shutdown, the most important of which are the reconstruction of the Lehel tér detour area and the renovation of the workstation in the dispatching building on Szabó Ervin tér.

Pictures of the three renewed stations of metro line M3 in the city centre

In the framework of the reconstruction metro line M3 infrastructure, another three renewed stations – Kálvin tér, Corvin-negyed, Semmelweis Klinikák – were opened to passengers on 14 May 2022. The city centre's most frequented underground stations are now accessible without obstacles. The three stations are now accessible by inclined elevators, which are located next to the escalators and have never been used in public transport in Hungary before.

At the beginning of 2023, the blue metro will run on a full line again

One of the largest transport development projects in the capital is the reconstruction of metro line M3, which affects both public and road transport participants. We know the effect on the population to replace the busiest means of transport, so in all our decisions we keep in mind the reduction of inconveniences and the fastest possible completion.

BKV Zrt. – Swietelsky Vasúttechnika: the contract for the reconstruction of the tunnel of metro line M3 has been signed

The contract amendment for the tunnel works of the middle section of metro line M3 was signed between BKV Zrt. and Swietelsky Vasúttechnika Kft. on 30 July 2021, thus removing the legal obstacle to the completion of the metro reconstruction as planned.

Reconstruction of metro line M3 – Happening in the city center

New escalators, rebuilt rooms, modern electrical and mechanical equipment characterize the stations of the downtown section of metro line M3 currently under renonstruction. At the end of May, the modernization of the railway track on the left side at Nagyvárad tér metro station also started. Reconstruction work is progressing according to the planned schedule.

Partial closure at the Nagyvárad tér metro station

We inform the traveling public that in connection with the reconstruction of the infrastructure of metro line M3, renovation works will be carried out in the track section of the Nagyvárad tér metro station between 29 May and 23 July 2021. The trains will continue to run between Nagyvárad tér – Kőbánya-Kispest stations, getting on and off will take place on the right platform.

A 50 years old memory

The transformation of the downtown section of metro line M3 is becoming more and more spectacular, although demolition work is still underway, we can already find plenty of changed spaces and, in some places, new equipments as well.

Metro reconstruction in the city center – Blue Trail underground

The area of ​​metro line M3 under reconstruction is currently walkable through the tunnel for about six kilometers. In the side tracks area of Nagyvárad tér and Lehel tér, beyond the fence, the outlines of the trains can be seen, and in the intermediate section, the tracks of the seven stations to be transformed and the left-side tracks are missing in some places can be observed as well. We walked along the deep-core line section through the tunnel and climbed the steep ladders at each station to walk around the passenger and service areas to see the changes.

Surprises underground: an exclusive subway tour for the athletes of Prémium

More complex than they thought - the four athletes of the Prémium Média & Sport Management team, Norina Bak-Szabó, Anna Kiss, Zsanett Lakatos and Péter Bernek, left the Arany János utca metro station with this idea. The competitors gained insight behind the scenes with the help of Swietelsky Építő Kft., which is reconstructing the metro station, and the Budapest Közlekedési Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság (BKV Zrt.).

Accessibility on metro line M3

In connection with the reconstruction of metro line M3, measures aimed at creating equal opportunities have been the subject of extensive attention from the public. It has come a long way to the point where today we can talk about barrier-free access to the stations of metro line M3 and its implementation. Consultations and agreements with NGO-s, resolving technical difficulties, and clarifying the issue of funding - preceded the final concept.

Reconstruction in the city center - demolition, construction, below and above surface

In the middle section of metro line M3, the seven deepest stations will be comprehensively reconstructed. Works of Arany János utca and Ferenciek tere in the city center started already in March 2020, then in July Corvin-negyed and Semmelweis Klinikák, and in November Nyugati pályaudvar, Deák Ferenc tér and Kálvin tér stations became construction areas closed from passengers. On January 11 this year, the modernization of the tunnel also started, so a complete reconstruction is taking place on about five kilometers of line section.

Agreement - The tunnel reconstruction of metro line M3 continues

A letter of intent was concluded between BKV Zrt. and Swietelsky Vasúttechnika Kft. on 21 December 2020 regarding the amendment of the contract for the tunnel works of the middle section of metro line M3. The agreement is the result of months of negotiations, on the basis of which, on 11 January 2021, the full modernization of the tunnel will begin in the middle section.

Accessibility on the southern section of metro line M3

During the reconstruction of metro line M3, wide attention will be paid to its measures to create equal opportunities. The aspect of satisfying special needs requires the use of special tools, equipment and technical solutions. Visually and hearing impaired people can already use the renewed southern section of the metro line without hindrance, and the installation of elevators, to ensure the accessibility of people with reduced mobility is ongoing. It is expected that by the end of 2021, the stations on the section between Népliget and Kőbánya-Kispest will be accessible to everyone.

Reconstruction of metro line M3 again through a child's eye

In February 2020, the Metro Renovation Project Directorate of BKV Zrt. (MFPI) announced a creative contest for the second time in connection with the reconstruction of metro line M3. The award ceremony, scheduled for June, has been postponed due to the epidemic situation and the entry deadline has been extended as well. The competition was closed at the end of October, and instead of the exhibition, we will announce the end results in a video message.

Renovation has begun on the entire middle section of metro line M3

We are more than halfway through the metro reconstruction, as the works started three years ago and it is expected that in two years the whole line will be reborn, modernized inside and out, accessible to everyone, to serve the traveling public of the capital more safely. Of the 17.3 km total length of the metro line, a 10.5 km long section has now been renewed, and nine of the twenty stations remain to be reconstructed. The modernization of the middle section, which is considered to be the biggest challenge, has now arrived.

The new stations in the southern section are accessible for the visually impaired

A few days before the handover of the southern section of metro line M3, experts of the Hungarian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (MVGYOSZ) was approved that the renewed Népliget, Ecseri út, Pöttyös utca and Határ út metro stations would ensure safe transport of the visually impaired passengers.

The renewed southern section of metro line M3 was handed over

Budapest, Thursday, October 22, 2020 - The reconstructed southern section of metro line M3 between Nagyvárad tér and Kőbánya-Kispest was handed over on Thursday. Mayor Gergely Karácsony said at the ceremony at the renewed Határ út station that the future, the reconstruction of the middle section still raises many questions, but an important step has been taken to make metro line M3 a real 21st century service "for all Budapesters and all those to travel here ".

Reconstruction works in the city center

Reconstruction works on the middle section of metro line M3 began more than half a year ago. Demolition is still taking place at the deep-core stations in the city center, but the construction process can already be observed, as the once space-consuming equipment is being replaced by new, smaller, modern systems, and new areas are being built to suit their size.

Curiosity on metro line M3

One of the most special novelties of the renovation of metro line M3 is the installation of incline elevators designed for downtown deep-core stations. There has been no example of the use of such device in public transport in Hungary, and we do not even encounter the structure in public traffic.

Visualization!

The visualization of the stations of the southern section of metro line M3 has been completed, and are available for the public.

Here are the planned images of the stations of Népliget, Ecseri út, Pöttyös utca, Határ út - no significant change is expected at the recently renewed Kőbánya-Kispest terminus.

Traffic has started on the renewed left track

An important milestone has been reached in the reconstruction of the southern section of metro line M3, the left track was completely renewed. The experts of the National Transport Authority, the technical inspector of the Budapest Közút Zrt, the experts of the Contractors and the employees of BKV Zrt. were waiting for - after a successful test-run series - the track to be officially handed over to traffic.

Why is it necessary to replace the metro on the middle section of the line at weekends?

Similarly to the metro replacement services in the northern section, during the reconstruction works in progress at the southern part of the line - between Népliget – Kőbánya-Kispest stations - passengers can meet various metro replacement services previously organized with the usual frequency and schedule.

Demolition works is already taking place in the southern section of metro line M3

Spectacular changes can be seen in the southern section of metro line M3, currently under construction. The stations are almost unrecognizable, dismantling of furniture, various items, as well as cladding removal works have already taken place in passenger areas. At the Kőbánya-Kispest metro station, the track modernization works were started.

Subway cars are back on track between Újpest-központ and Lehel tér

The first major step has come for the metro renovation project: on March the 30th, 2019, at 13:00, the renewed passenger areas will open to the public. The new look of the stations, the renewed track section, and the modern equipment is all ready for the passengers of metro line M3.

It was a difficult 17-month period, so first and foremost we are grateful for the patience, understanding, and cooperative attitude that we have experienced in the complicated and tense situations!

The official inspection of the water mist estinguishing system was successfully completed

During the reconstruction of metro line M3, fire protection was given a particularly important role in increasing safety. In accordance with the current National Fire Protection Regulations, an automatic fire extinguishing system was installed in the stations, at the areas near the platform, and in the cable space under the platform.

The smoke drills ended on the northern section of metro line M3

The smoke test held at Újpest-Központ station on the 19th of February 2019 officially ended the test series, which lasted for almost a month, during which the verification of the most efficient operation of the heat and smoke extraction system was examined, tested and observed by specialists, with the involvement of various representatives of several authorities.

Smoke drill

In the case of a major renovation, such as the one on metro line M3, attention must be specifically paid to safety. Before the area is re-used by the passengers, professionals - involving several authorities - carry out a number of tests on the line.

Rail grinding

One of the most important parts of the renovation of metro line M3 is reconstruction of the track itself. We have already written about the transport of tracks that are longer than the height of the Parliament building, and we have also published a video report, as well as have mentioned how carefully and well-organized the transport equipment and the professionals must be working on it. After the delivery has been completed, the rails are welded together to form a single rail track - this is also a spectacular process that we have previously reported.

Summary of 2018

Since the beginning of the reconstruction of metro line M3 in the 6th of November 2017, we submitted multiple reports about the ongoing works, such as the removal and supply of the construction materials, the various processes of both above and below the ground. We also mentioned those special machines what have been modified to tunnel works, and wrote about the accessibility of the stations, and in relation with that, the foreign examples, or the 3D modelling of the current project.

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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