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First M6 highway project kicked off today

Today saw the ground-breaking ceremony on the first 60-km stretch of the new M6 highway between Érd, southwestern Budapest, and Dunaújváros, 70 km south of the city. Present at the event were Economy and Transport Minister János Kóka, Environment and Water Minister Miklós Persányi, and representatives of the developer M6 Duna Highway Consortium, which will realize the project in a PPP scheme with an investment of Ft 80 billion. The members of the Austrian-German consortium include Bilfinger Berger BOT, Porr Infrastruktur and Swietelsky International Baugesellschaft. The state will pay Ft 40 billion to the developer Ft 40 billion to cover the operation costs for 20 years. The new stretch of highway will be opened to the public in September 2006.