Metro refurbishment plans welcomed by Socialists

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The ruling Fidesz party has “given in” to the will of the residents of Budapest, the head of the Budapest chapter of the opposition Socialists said on Monday, commenting on press reports that preparations will start for the renewal of the city’s third metro line as early as this week.

Local party leader Ágnes Kunhalmi said she welcomed the news and attributed the municipal decision to a Socialist signature drive urging the refurbishment. At the same time, she voiced incomprehension at the delays in starting preparations, and added that the timing of the decision, taken shortly before the upcoming municipal elections, was not accidental.

The right-wing daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Monday that the planning phase of the project would start this week. The first phase, aimed at a detailed technical evaluation of the metro line, will cost HUF 1.8 bln, two thirds financed from municipal coffers and the rest from European Union funds.

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