Gov’t declaration fast-tracks railway and road developments

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Hungaryʼs government has declared a number of road and railway projects of "elevated significance" in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny, and plans to accelerate their implementation, Hungarian news agency MTI reported on Saturday.

The announcement did not say whether projects of "elevated significance" could be contracted through an expedited procurement process. The Hungarian government has already been criticized by the European Commission for submitting tenders with single bidders for road work.

Included among the projects are a number along the M0 motorway that circumvents Budapest, as well as developments on the M3 motorway, near Hungaryʼs eastern border, and the construction of a four-lane road between the capital and Szolnok, central Hungary, to replace earlier scrapped plans for the M4 motorway. Included in the railway projects are the construction of a line connecting the capital with Liszt Ferenc International Airport Budapest, the renovation of Keleti and Nyugati train stations in Budapest and the purchase of multiple units by state-owned railway company MAV.

According to the amendment, fast-tracking or accelerating projects of "elevated significance" means they do not have to undergo the same regulatory procedures as standard projects and a special coordination between the government and state organizations is established in order to accelerate the obtaining of permits.

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