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Szijjártó outlines priorities for rail sector

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said Hungary's railway industry should take advantage of growing cargo volume between China and Europe, add to its intermodal logistics capacity in the west of the country, and develop a network of express rail lines that connects the capitals of Central Europe. 

The minister outlined the priorities for the sector in a presentation at an event organized by professional association Hungrail yesterday, according to business daily Világgazdaság. 

Szijjártó said greater intermodal logistics capacity in the west of Hungary would help local companies bring their goods to ports on the Adriatic. He welcomed the construction of an intermodal container terminal by the METRANS Group in Zalaegerszeg (215 km southwest of Budapest). 

He noted that a feasibility study for a high-speed rail link connecting Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw showed that the project's costs could be recouped and said the European Union has decided to finance the environmental impact study for the line.

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