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BKV eyes termination of metro supply contract

Budapest public transport company BKV Zrt will look into the possibility of terminating its running contract with French transport engineering firm Alstom for the delivery of metro cars after Hungary's national transport authority NKH rejected Alstom's application for the type license of the trains.

Alstom Transport and BKV signed a contract for the manufacturing of Metropolis metro cars for Budapest's second metro line in May 2006 but both delivery and testing have run into major roadblocks.

The trains were originally to go into service in the second half of last year. BKV has paid down HUF 30 billion to the French conglomerate, almost half of the HUF 65 billion in the contract.

Alstom said it regretted the authority’s decision and that it regards the contract as binding. BKV mulls the consequences of throwing the Alstom contract out (Hun)
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