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Budapest public-transport strike enters fourth day

A strike on the part of workers from the Budapest public-transport company BKV entered its fourth day on Friday, disrupting bus and tram traffic and producing a significant increase in congestion on main thoroughfares into the city.

BKV told MTI that buses were circulating on 46 of approximately 200 bus lines in Budapest on Friday morning, while trams were running on 6 of 32 lines in the city.

BKV underground, trolleybus and commuter-railway traffic was running according to schedule on Friday morning.

Officials from the Budapest Municipality Traffic Information Centre (Fővinform) told MTI that the BKV strike had produced a significant increase in congestion on Budapest's main roads on Friday morning.

BKV workers began their strike at 12 a.m. on Tuesday following the failure of talks between unions representing them and BKV management regarding the conclusion of a new collective agreement.

Representatives from BKV and the unions that launched the strike are scheduled to resume negotiations at 1 p.m. on Friday after the failure of talks on Thursday evening. (MTI-Econews)