Final addition to new Danube Railway Bridge in Hungary inaugurated

Image: Magyar Államvasutak (MÁV)

Last week, the last of three new railway tracks across the the river Danube in Budapest was put into use. The bridge is an important railway link for both passenger and freight trains, as well as part of of several TEN-T corridors in Europe.

According to national railway company Magyar Államvasutak (MÁV), 90 percent of rail traffic between the eastern and western borders of Hungary, including transit traffic, passes over the Danube Bridge of the Southern Railway Link.

Construction of the three-lane bridge started in 2019, after it was found that the existing structures, which trace their roots to 1877, had deteriorated. The first of the three new bridge structures was opened to traffic on April 25, 2021. The second lane opened in December of that year.

“On average, about 100 freight trains and 140 to 150 passenger trains cross the 500-meter-long railway bridge every day. By June of this year, 1.7 million domestic passengers had already crossed the Danube this way”, Zoltán Pafféri, the president and CEO of MÁV, said.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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