Budapest plans pedestrian bridges, mayor says
Several pedestrian bridges spanning the Danube could be built in Budapest in the medium term, according to a study recently approved by the city council, mayor István Tarlós said on Thursday. Tarlós stressed that construction of bridges for vehicule traffic must be continued as well. He said the reconstruction of the Lánchid will follow the recent renovations of Szabadság and Margit bridges, and the next urgent task is to make preparations for the reconstruction of the Petőfi Bridge. State secretary for infrastructure of the National Development Ministry Pál Völner said he signed a declaration on behalf of the ministry to support the development of river transport in Budapest, which could be financed from European Union funding. Völner said a public procurement tender will be called soon to design the new bridge over the Danube between Komárom, Hungary, and Komarno, Slovakia, as part of the cross-border programme. This investment will be financed from EU money available to Hungary in the 2014-2020 EU budget period, he added. Another investment to be implemented as part of this program is a freight ferry service at Esztergom, Völner said.
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