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Govʼt floats plan for a tunnel between Déli and Nyugati

State secretary for developments in the capital Balázs Fürjes is proposing weighing plans to build a tunnel connecting Déli and Nyugati train stations in the city centre, Hungarian news agency MTI reports.

Fürjes noted at a professional forum on Thursday that a plan to connect the two railway terminuses with a tunnel was drafted as early as 1937 and said the idea is well-suited to the present.

If the plan is implemented, tracks at Déli station would all be put underground, freeing up the area on the surface for development, while many of the tracks at Nyugati station would also be moved underground, he said. This would make it easier for commuters to get to the city centre as well as cross it, he added.

Dávid Vitézy, the former head of the Budapest Public Transport Company (BKK) and now director of the Hungarian Museum of Science, Technology and Transport called Deli station a "scar on the landscape" of Buda, unworthy of its surroundings.

The bee line between Déli and Nyugati stations is just under 3km. The stations lie on opposite sides of the Danube. Fürjes said that European Union funds could be used for the project.