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Gov't Earmarks HUF 54 bln for Budapest Tram Purchase

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The government has decided on HUF 54 billion in European Union support for Budapest's acquisition of another 51 trams from Spain's CAF, Mayor Gergely Karácsony said in a post on Facebook on Friday.

Karácsony noted that the decision was taken "at the last minute".

The Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) signed an extension in November on an option to purchase more trams from CAF giving it until March 18, 2023, to decide on calling down the option.

A government resolution published in the latest issue of the official gazette, Magyar Közlöny, gives the regional development minister until March 18 to see the contract on support for the trams signed.

Karácsony said it would have "been a sin" not to take advantage of the "extraordinarily favorable" procurement conditions. The trams will arrive in 2024, he added.

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