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Alstom metro trains cleared by transport authority

Trains French engineering giant Alstom is to deliver for Budapest's number two underground line have passed a brake test by the National Public Transportation Authority (NKH), a source with knowledge of the matter told MTI late Friday.

The brake tests were carried out on October 14 and 17, MTI learnt.

Under a contract signed in May 2006, Alstom was to deliver 22 trains for the capital's number two metro line for EUR 150m and 15+7 trains for the fourth line, under construction at present, for EUR 114m. BKV said in October 2010 that it cancelled the contract because Alstom "failed to do all that was expected of it in the interest of fulfilling the contract".

Alstom's application for permits for the vehicles it was to deliver was hampered because the brake systems used differed from those stipulated in Hungarian regulations.

Budapest mayor István Tarlós said earlier that Hungary's National Transportation Authority told Alstom four times in 2007 and 2008 that the brakes on the trains it was to deliver were unsuitable according to Hungarian safety rules.

The Budapest municipal council approved changes to the agreement with Alstom on the delivery of the underground trains in July and the modified contract was signed in the same month.

Tarlós told public radio on Sunday that the trains could start running from the end of 2012.