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KDB suspends metro replacement bus tender

The Public Procurement Arbitration Board (KDB) suspended on September 23 a tender called by BKK, the company managing Budapestʼs transport infrastructure, to operate replacement bus services during the renovation of the capitalʼs M3 metro line, the KDB told MTI Tuesday.

Photo: LaMography/Moni Lazar

News portal said it learned Monday that the KDB has suspended the metro replacement bus tender, a procedure that was earlier challenged by Minister of National Development Miklos Seszták. Under a government resolution, the government will cover the additional cost of contracting replacement bus services while the M3 metro line undergoes renovation.

Earlier this month, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga criticized the tender in a statement to MTI, saying that it neglects the points of view of the Hungarian industry. The minister argued that BKK did not accept any suggestions in the tender that would allow the use of domestically manufactured buses.

In response, BKK said the public procurement tender does not restrict in any way the winning applicant from using Hungarian-made buses to provide the service.