Report: Mayor not upset by alleged switch-out of Metro cars

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In an interview today with origo.hu, Mayor István Tarlós said he was not aware that the Russian company Metrowagonmash had given Budapest new subway cars for the M3 Metro instead of refurbishing the old ones – and added that it shouldn’t matter.

Népszabadság reported earlier in the day that, according to an unnamed source, Metrowagonmash won a tender to do refurbishing work. But instead of renewing the old cars, the report said, Metrowagonmash gave Budapest subway cars that have never been used. According to reports, the cars Budapest received are older models, and the refurbished cars would have been more up-to-date. The reports speculate that Budapest never would have accepted these cars if they were offered in a competitive tender for new subway carriages.

Tarlós reportedly told origo.hu that allegations in the media were not sufficient cause for investigating the matter. He also reportedly said he did not see a problem with Budapest paying for remodeling and getting something new instead.

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